Exercise and fitness may seem like something that’s only for the younger generations.  Yet, staying fit and having an exercise routine is an important component of aging well.

According to Web MD, being active and exercising after 60 not only advances your physical health, but also improves memory and helps prevent dementia in some people. Staying fit doesn’t have to be expensive. You can join a walking group, enjoy the nature trails in Celebration, go on a bike ride, water aerobics, chair exercises, or spend time in the garden. The key to your success is to figure out something that you enjoy doing, then get out and do it.

Thriving in Place is hosting our next Lunch and Learn on April 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the 851 Building in Celebration.  The $5 entry fee includes a box lunch.  Join us for a presentation by Functional Independence Training on the importance of strength and balance for older adults and fall prevention techniques in your home.  Anne Maley and Nancy Gavaghan will be our guest speakers.  As retired physical therapists, both Anne and Nancy are passionate about how exercise and planning are keys to independence for older adults.

This meeting is expected to fill up fast.  Space is limited to the first 100 people that register. Call the Celebration Foundation at 407-566-1234 to register.

Learn more about the Planned Senior Living Community

There is considerable interest in the independent-living, assisted-living and memory care facility planned for Celebration Boulevard.

Celebration Foundation Thriving in Place has invited Richard Ackerman, chairman and senior managing Partner of Big Rock Partners, to make a presentation about the facility and to answer audience questions.

“We are committed to building a senior housing community that is state of the art and that meets the needs of residents in all respects.” said Ackerman, “The units will allow seniors to retire at home and not worry about next steps because a continuum of care is in place.”

Big Rock is sponsoring lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, at Celebration Town Hall.

Registration is limited to 100 participants.  Visit www.thecelebrationfoundation.org or call the Celebration Foundation 407-566-1234 to register.

WINGS presents Kellie Haddock in concert

Ten years after a tragic car accident that killed her husband and severely injured her infant son, an Orlando mother went back to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children to find and thank the people who helped save her child.  Her story is captured in a short video called The Thank You Project.  Her message of gratitude while enduring life’s greatest challenges has touched a chord throughout the country, garnering nearly 2 million hits on the hospital’s YouTube channel, and more than 20 million hits across other Internet platforms.

Kellie Haddock also is an accomplished singer/songwriter and will come to Celebration to tell her story through music on May 16 at Community Presbyterian Church starting at 7 p.m.

For more information or to reserve your tickets, call the Foundation at 407-566-1234 or go to www.thecelebrationfoundation.org.