CARP National Walking Day – May 26, 2018
To Educate and Activate CARP members and broader Zoomer population in Canada to the multitude of benefits of continued physical activity as we age, and to provide information and opportunity for participation in walking groups to promote health and reduce social interaction.
Mark your calendar, and stay tuned to this page for details on upcoming events on CARP National Walking Day, May 26, 2018, and more information on walking groups, clubs and meetups in communities across Canada. Click for times and locations.
Walking is the Best Medicine
Toronto’s Dr. Mark Evans made a splash with this video which has now been seen by over 20 million people. Dr. Mike’s videos were so popular that he was recently hired by Apple to expand these innovative health promotion messages.
Watch this video and commit to 1/2 hour per day of physical activity.
‘Stand Up Straight’ on ZNews
If you’re already part of a walking club or group, like the ‘Sole Mates’ from Newmarket, Ontario, featured below, tell us about it!
Email [email protected] and we’ll share your group’s information with our members.
Keep up to date on latest news confirming the importance of regular physical activity for healthy aging. link
Walking is the easiest and most accessible form of physical activity. Walking improves fitness, cardiac health, alleviates depression and fatigue, improves mood, creates less stress on joints and reduces pain, can prevent weight gain, reduce risk for cancer and chronic disease, improve endurance, circulation, and posture, and the list goes on… Plus it’s social and you can share your activity easily with others. And, if you opt for something like Nordic Pole Walking, there are added benefits with engaging the upper body, nordic style.
CARP’s community priority for 2018 is a campaign to rouse our own members and supporters to become an active part of the equation in how our society can best care for older adults, who will converge on our healthcare system over the coming years in a confluence of baby-boom seniors and an increase in longevity, through health promotion and combating disease and disability through regular, moderate physical activity.
Doctors say that if they could prescribe the benefits of moderate physical activity in the form of a pill, it would change the healthcare landscape. The far-reaching effects of physical activity work for almost every system in the body, from the brain to the heart. There is a wealth of evidence to show that moderate activity, even if started much later in life, is good for you… and can improve the quality of life as we age.
CARP has a long and impressive history of advocating on behalf of older Canadians and seeking to improve their quality of life through campaigns aimed at promoting government policy changes.
Innumerable scientific studies show the benefit of activity, for physical, mental, emotional and brain health. Those same studies show that it’s never too late to benefit from the rewards of physical activity.
The easiest, most accessible and convenient form of exercise is walking. CARP will encourage our 300,000 members across Canada to participate in a group walking activity this spring, summer and fall, with the goal of making it a habit that Zoomers will not want to break.
CARP Mississauga, Ontario Chapter kicking off all meetings with some fun, physical activity
Solvitur Ambulando, by Moses Znaimer
If You’re Movin’, You’re Improvin’
For the last 35 years, CARP has been advocating for and winning legislative changes and new
funding to improve the lives of Canadians as We Age. The list of improvements in the lives of older adults, in which CARP has played no small part, is long and impressive; from a dramatic reduction in seniors’ poverty to expanded pension plans, from the elimination of mandatory retirement to improved access to health care. And we’re going to continue to fight for the health and financial security of our members by tackling critical issues like eliminating mandatory RRIF withdrawals and ensuring the safety and dignity of those living in long-term care.
Thus, our work has almost always focused on what our various governments, and their policymakers, can and must do for us. But this year, we’re also taking a look in the mirror and asking, in Kennedyesque fashion, not only what our governments can do for us but, when it comes to improving life as we age, what we can do for ourselves!
That’s why we’ve decided that this year, one of our top five advocacy priorities will be to rouse our own members and supporters to become an active part of the solution to the widespread concern regarding how our society will deal with all the seniors/elders/olders (take your pick!) who will converge on our healthcare system over the coming decades.
It’s time for Zoomers to Stand (Sit) Up Straight, and Move our Buns to Preserve our Minds.
One of the best predictors of mortality is the inability to walk 400 meters at one go. In a study of 1,155 Italian seniors aged 65–102 years old, the risk of death during the 6-year follow-up was three-fold higher for those unable to complete the 400-meter walk, compared to those who completed the test. The slowest walkers had four times the risk of dying compared to those in the fastest quartile. And, it’s not just death but quality of life that is at stake. Numerous studies have shown physical exercise to be beneficial in the prevention of cognitive impairment and dementia.
According to the Annals of Internal Medicine, Zoomers who regularly exercise are less likely to suffer a disability and, if they do, tend to recover faster. The study looked at 1,600 sedentary adults aged 70-89 over a 3.5 year period. Moderate walking was the main physical activity for half the group, while the other half attended health education classes. Compared to the health education group, exercisers were less likely to experience disability in the first place, more likely to recover if they did suffer a disability, and were less likely to have a subsequent disability episode. These data add to the growing literature on the benefits of physical activity and indicate that in some cases prescribing exercise for seniors may be more important than prescribing medications.
In 2018 we’ll be working with our chapters and the broader Zoomer community to unleash the power of a little exercise to address what ails you. Moderate exercise will help you maintain weight, reduce the impact of illness and chronic disease, enhance balance and mobility, improve sleep, boost mood and self-confidence, and nothing come close to the beneficial effects of exercise when it comes to brain health.
So, stay tuned for news about local CARP walking groups and meet-ups, including Nordic pole walking, and more info on how to take those ‘first steps’ on your own. No matter your age, 45 or 85, your participation in this initiative will have a direct impact on the healthcare system and on your own health. And, of course, walking is also synonymous with thinking, and a good long walk will give you the time to clear your mind, and the calm to think things out. The Romans understood this, hence their maxim “Solvitur Ambulando”, a Latin phrase that means “it is solved by walking”. From Zoomer Magazine, March 2018