October 5 - 11, 2020

Senior Games athletes demonstrate seven dimensions of wellness

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Active Aging promotes the vision of all individuals—regardless of age, socioeconomic status or health—fully engaging in life within seven dimensions of wellness: emotional, environmental, intellectual/cognitive, physical, professional/vocational, social and spiritual.”

To illustrate, below are National Senior Games athlete features from our archives that each highlight one of the seven dimensions, one for each day of Active Aging Week. Enjoy!

Emotional – October 5

Pickleball Therapy

Kory Kelly

Featured as a 2019 Athlete of the Month and Hand Up From Humana scholarship recipient that helped Kory attend the 2019 National Senior Games presented by Humana. This Gulf War veteran, now 53, found that playing pickleball and the social support from other players has helped him manage the effects of PTSD.

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Environmental – October 6

Of Mentors, Mountains, and Marathons

Della Works

This 2015 Personal Best feature never grows old, and apparently neither does Della. Now 85, she lives on the side of a mountain in Casper, WY and learned to love nature from her now-deceased husband. She has since climbed many of the “14er” peaks in the Rockies and has completed marathons on four continents – including Antarctica.

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Intellectual/cognitive – October 7

The Art (and Science) of a Successful Life

Leurene Hildenbrand

Leurenne was recognized with a 2013 Personal Best feature and has also been selected as a Humana Game Changer feature athlete. She is a pioneer as the first female to head a research department for Goodyear. Since retirement, the now 89-year-old splits time between her farm in Ohio and a winter place in Tampa Bay, Florida. She has since become a well-known ambassador for Senior Games and for the sport of Pickleball. Leurene takes a scientific approach to everything, including how to learn and safely compete in sports.

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Physical – October 8

Going Great Lengths

Vivian Stancil

Now 82, Vivian has become one of the most popular athletes at National Senior Games for her example of overcoming physical challenges with grace. Vivian was 19 and a single mother when she became blind. She persevered to get a degree and taught school for her career. Vivian took up swimming to beat morbid obesity in midlife, lost 80 pounds and never looked back when she found Senior Games. Vivian is a 2014 Personal Best feature athlete and has also been names a Humana Game Changer.

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Professional/vocational – October 9

Badminton Straight From the Source

Kamal Chaudhari

Our 2018 Athlete of the Month feature athlete was born in the town in India where the sport of Badminton was invented. Kamal came to the U.S. for college and earned his citizenship. His story is appropriate because Kamal still works as a structural engineer at the age of 86, and he has no plans to retire!

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Social – October 10

Family Matters

Hope Casias

Hope, 78, is all about family – the large family she grew up with, her own large family, and her Volleyball family. The social aspect of sports is what turns Hope on. Hope is a 2018 Personal Best feature athlete and has also been honored as a Humana Game Changer.

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Spiritual – October 11

Spirited Competitor

Lee Stadem

This spry 93-year-old is one of only seven athletes to have competed in every National Senior Games since they were first held in 1987. He now plays Table Tennis and Shuffleboard and loves playing partners with his wife. His life’s work has been as a devoted minister, and in this 2017 Personal Best feature he speaks about how faith applies to his fitness and love of playing sports.

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Selected daily videos from the 2019 National Senior Games presented by Humana

Enjoy the best highlights from The Games held last year in Albuquerque, which represented the largest qualified multisport event ever held for any age competition. Below are six daily recaps and our official highlights video that captures the spirit exhibited in The Land of Enchantment.

National Senior Games defies ageism stereotypes and demonstrates the benefits of pursuing healthier and more active lifestyles for life.

Official 2019 highlights video “Enchanted”

 

About NSGA

The National Senior Games Association (NSGA) is a nonprofit Multisport Council member of the United States Olympic Paralympic Committee that promotes health and wellness for adults 50 and over through education, fitness and sport. NSGA governs the biennial National Senior Games, the largest multi-sport championship event in the world for seniors.

The Association is comprised of 53 independent Member Games that conduct qualifying competition events, and the 2021 National Senior Games presented by Humana will be held November 5-18 in Greater Fort Lauderdale.

For more information, please visit NSGA.com