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Finding inspiration from local seniors

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As we get older, we often get consumed by the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives, forgetting to take time to care for our body and mind. 

Physical activity is an important part of this, and we regularly put it off to make time for work, family and friends. Fortunately, it is never too late to start living an active life and the many energetic seniors living in Kirkfield Park are proof of that.

Last week, I attended the opening ceremonies for the fifth annual All Senior Games that took place at Sturgeon Creek I and II Retirement Residences. The event, held at 22 All Seniors Care Living Centres across Canada, brought residents together in friendly competition to stay healthy and active during the winter months.

More than 125 residents of Sturgeon Creek I and II participated in the activities, which included hall walking, Wii Bowling and Golf, billiards, bocce, shuffleboard and card games. It was incredibly inspiring to meet this year’s participants. Their spirit and enthusiasm has only increased with time and proves that there are no limits to what you can accomplish — no matter your age.  

In addition to the excitement taking place at Sturgeon Creek Residence, another local senior recently made his mark in the pool.  Jaring Timmerman, who turns 105 this month, set two world records for swimming last month, and became the world’s oldest masters swimmer.

Mr. Timmerman previously set records in the 50-metre backstroke and 50-metre freestyle for the 100 to 104 age category and this year, simply by finishing the races, he became the first athlete to compete in the 105 to 109 age group. Adding to his impressive feat, Mr. Timmerman was able to beat the previous personal record he set at the age of 100 in 2009.

As always, feel free to come by my office for a chat or to give us a call at 204-832-2318. We would love to hear if you have any upcoming events to feature in our next article!

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