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By Donna Bilz, Baltimore County Department of Aging

The benefits of exercise go beyond just physical wellbeing. Exercise helps support emotional and mental health, according to the National Institute on Aging. So next time you’re feeling down, anxious, or stressed,  get up and start moving!

Physical activity can help:

  • Reduce feelings of depression and stress, while improving your mood and overall emotional well-being.
  • Increase your energy level.
  • Improve sleep.
  • Empower you to feel more in control.

Exercise and physical activity could also improve or maintain some aspects of cognitive function, such as your ability to shift quickly between tasks, plan an activity, and ignore irrelevant information.

Exercise ideas to help you lift your mood

  • Dancing, walking, bicycling, or dancing. Endurance activities increase your breathing, get your heart pumping, and also boost chemicals in your body that may improve mood.
  • Yoga. A mind and body practice that typically combines physical postures, breathing exercises, and relaxation.
  • Tai Chi. A “moving meditation” that involves shifting the body slowly, gently and precisely, while breathing deeply.
  • Activities you enjoy. Whether it’s gardening, dancing, playing tennis, or kicking around a soccer ball with your grandchildren, choose an activity you want to do, not have to do.

70s Dance Party at Oregon Ridge May 22

Feel great -- get up and dance! The Baltimore County Department of Aging is celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year, so we’re throwing it back to the 70s.

Come celebrate with BCDA at the Concert in the Park at the Oregon Ridge Park Concert Pavilion on May 22, 2018, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., rain or shine.

Come dressed in your best 70’s gear. Bring a plain white t-shirt to take part in our free tie-dye station. Rock out to the headlining band the Grand Jury, back by popular demand with a tribute to the 70s. Enjoy a fun-filled afternoon with door prizes, trivia, raffles, classic cars from the 70s, and more.

Bring picnic food, lawn chairs, blankets, and your beverages of choice. Cruiser’s Pit Beef food truck will be on-site vending fresh pit beef, pit ham, burgers and beverages.

Tickets on Sale Now

Tickets are available at all Baltimore County Department of Aging Senior Centers for $4.00 prior to the event, $5.00 at the gate. Call your local senior center or Maryland Access Point of Baltimore County for details.

We can’t wait to see you there!

May is Older Americans’ Month. The Baltimore County Department of Aging (BCDA) offers everyone a chance to “Engage At Every Age,” this month and every month.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


By Ingrid Beardsley, RD, LDN, Nutrition Program Manager, Baltimore County Department of Aging

How can a meal program do more than just serve a meal? The Baltimore County Eating Together Program is on the frontlines to improve older adults’ overall well-being and reduce isolation and malnutrition.

After leaving our meal program, appetites are not the only thing satisfied. Participants walk away with full hearts from socializing, full minds from health/nutrition education, and full bodies from nutrient-packed meals.

Increased socialization is one of the additional benefits of meal programs like Eating Together, according to a 2017 survey conducted by the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs. Eighty-three percent of individuals reported they have more friends now than before they started visiting the meal program. Participants like attending so they can speak with their friends, meet new friends, and leave their homes for a little while each day.

Each meal provides one third of the daily nutrition requirements and is approved by a Registered Dietitian.

The survey found that 70% of participants said their knowledge of good nutrition has increased and more than half said their health improved since they started attending the program.

More Reasons to Join

  • Eat more fruits and vegetables.
  • Learn about healthy eating.
  • Obtain a break from cooking and doing dishes.
  • Save on grocery bills.
  • Delight in the meals.
  • Discover what is happening in the senior center/community.
  • It’s easier than cooking for one person.

How to Join Eating Together

Residents ages 60 and over and their spouses of any age are eligible to participate, and are asked to make a voluntary, confidential donation. The suggested donation is $2.50 per meal.

Seniors looking for healthy food, nutrition education and social interaction can learn more about Baltimore County’s Eating Together Program at www.baltimorecountymd.gov/eatingtogether or call 410-887-3052.

Eating Together -- a one-stop way to meet nutritional needs and make some new friends along the way.


by Michael Schneider, Baltimore County Recreation and Parks

When Evelyn Schroedl was growing up, her favorite tennis pro was Helen Wills Moody. Don’t know the name? Helen Wills Moody was the number one rated women’s tennis player in the world in 1927. Her fan Evelyn was 10 years old.  

We caught up with Evelyn Schroedl shortly after one of her many 100th birthday celebrations.  A vivacious and animated tennis advocate and player, Evelyn doesn’t just enjoy watching the sport and attending the U.S. Open, she plays in a weekly game at the Baltimore County Recreation and Parks Northeast Regional Recreation Center (NERRC) in Parkville. 

Long a spectator, Evelyn is a relative newcomer to playing the sport. When she retired from her career as a Goucher College registrar in 1981, she started tennis lessons at what is now the Community College of Baltimore County Essex campus. “I’ve had such marvelous experiences playing tennis,” she shared. “Tennis has been a wonderful social opportunity to meet and play with lots of people over the years. I even played a Goucher College professor,” she reveals with a smile.

Tennis at NERRC is now a weekly event for Evelyn. Watching the competition take place with friends Nancy Tilotta, Clara Hall and Carol Koh, Evelyn’s serve and rallies were on, she displayed a fine forehand and a smooth return. With a touch of macular degeneration, Evelyn confided that it isn’t always as easy to see the ball. She encourages all to “give it a shot…you don’t have to be a star!”

On keeping fit to be 100

“I was 78 when my husband died and I thought life was over. But my first time ever in a senior center, Seven Oaks Senior Center, saved my life.” Being with others and active in programs gave her focus and meaning during that life transition and beyond.

While tennis is important in the life of this 100 year old, Evelyn also plays bridge three nights a week, paints one night a week, shoots pool, reads, watches television and is active in charities. Watch Evelyn rappel down a 27-story building to help raise funds for kidney research. Of course, this was much earlier in her life – at age 96. 

“I’ve never thought of taking good care of myself, it just happened” said Evelyn. A resident of Oak Crest Village, she recalls taking a weight training course with ten men. “It was a great time,” she states with a huge smile on her face. “The gym, on the other hand, is boring.” 

What’s Evelyn Schroedl’s secret to living and thriving at 100?  “Because I was born in 1917,” she replied with a contagious giggle.  


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017