Seniors Outdoors! is a fun half-day event that will introduce adults over the age of 50 to the Urban Wilderness and all it has to offer. This event is free, but registration is required.
The day includes guided strolls and hikes, exhibits and programs, kayak and mountain bike demonstrations, lunch and special guest speaker, Dr. Bob Overholt.
For those who choose not to drive to the park, busses will be available and will leave from the O’Connor Senior Center (611 Winona Street) promptly at 9:30 a.m. to go to Mead’s Quarry and will return to the O’Connor Center at 1:30 p.m.
For those who plan to drive, there is ample free parking at the quarry. If you need directions, call the Office on Aging at 524-2786.
To register for Seniors Outdoors!, call the CAC Office on Aging at(865) 524-2786 by Tuesday, May 13.
In addition to the Office on Aging, sponsors include Tennova Healthcare, City of Knoxville Parks & Recreation, Ijams Nature Center, WVLT Volunteer TV, Legacy Parks Foundation, and the O’Connor Center Happy Hikers.
Seniors Outdoors! is being held in conjunction with national Older Americans Month and Governor Haslam’s Task Force on Aging report that was recently released, and stated, among other goals, “The vision of the task force is to ensure older Tennesseans have access to programs, services, and opportunities in their local communities that enhance their physical, mental, financial, social and spiritual well-being, in order to promote a more meaningful quality of life.”
According to the 2012 Physical Health Domain Rankings of persons over 65 years of age, Tennessee is ranked number 46 in the nation. We need to get active.
Mayor Madeline Rogero serves on the Governor’s Task Force on Aging. Appointed by Governor Bill Haslam, Mayor Rogero is the only mayor chosen to serve on the task force, and she was the guiding force behind getting Seniors Outdoors! off the ground.
Seniors Outdoors! aims to promote increased physical activity in a safe environment to improve overall health and well-being for seniors in Knoxville and Knox County.
A copy of the Governor’s Task Force on Aging report can be found at this link: https://news.tn.gov/sites/default/files/Aging-Task-Force-Final.pdf.
WHAT TO DO AT SENIORS OUTDOORS! There will be many programs and activities throughout the day. It’s important that attendees arrive by 10:00 a.m. to be able to participate in many of the offerings.
Go on a hike or walk: Beginner, Intermediate, or Challenging.
Go to one of the following programs:
• Intro to Using Trekking Poles, Kristin Manual
• Intro to Yoga, Polly Ailor Tullock
• Find Balance with Tai Chi
• Delve into Local History and Nature, Stephen Lyn Bales
• A Look Back: Local Civil War History, Joan Markel
• Intro to Using Stand-Up Paddleboards and Canoes, River Sports Outfitters
11:15 a.m.: The above-listed programs will be repeated. Attendees can attend the presentation of their choice. Some hikers will be returning during this time and can attend programs or look at exhibits.
12:00 noon: Lunch and Keynote Speaker. Enjoy a light lunch during a welcome from Mayor Madeline Rogero and a health talk by “Dr. Bob” Overholt.
1:00 p.m. End of Seniors Outdoors!
• Sturdy walking shoes
• Comfortable, loose-fitting clothes.
• A folding chair, if you have one
• A refillable water bottle
• Sunscreen (if you need it)
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