Seniors Celebrate Active Aging with Pinewood Derby Races

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When Bruce McLaren, a resident of Baptist Retirement Community, heard of the wish to bring a pinewood derby racetrack for all residents of the senior living community to enjoy and that it would exponentially benefit those living with Alzheimer’s and dementia, he signed up for the job.

He decided to create the track himself to provide a place for residents to race cars, much like they did in their youth. When Bridget Hinrichs, life enrichment coordinator at Sagecrest Alzheimer’s Care Center at Baptist Retirement Community campus, learned of McLaren’s commitment to the project she was overjoyed and decided to plan an entire day dedicated to premiere the new racetrack in honor of active aging.

Active Aging Day will be celebrated during Active Aging Week on September 27 in The Crest’s courtyard and patio areas, as well as the independent living park area across from the Henley-Mabee High Rise.

When seniors are living with Alzheimer’s and dementia, memories from their youth stay the most vivid in their minds. Many residents at Baptist Retirement Community grew up racing pinewood derby cars in their Boy Scout troops, and may have assisted their own kids and grandkids in building cars to compete.

Bridget’s hope is that this activity ignites memories and recreates those warm feelings from their youth and time as young parents. Just last week the senior living community had a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new track. Bridget is excited to see residents, team members, grandchildren, Boy Scouts and more making new memories as they put it to good use.

The Active Aging Event will feature the derby pinewood races, an antique car show featuring classic cruisers, a nutritious yogurt bar with healthy garnishes, a chair exercise demonstration for all fitness levels, competitive games of washers, croquet and bean bag toss, as well as musical entertainment from a member of the local symphony.

The purpose of the event is to demonstrate a variety of ways in which people can live an active lifestyle by engaging in activities that support a balanced lifestyle that supports a full spectrum of wellness.

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