The Journal on Active Aging Features The Glebe

November/December 2015

The November/December Issue of The Journal on Active Aging, published by the International Council on Active Aging,  featured The Glebe’s 2015 Active Aging Week programs.  Active Aging Week, developed by the International Council on Active Aging, celebrates aging and active living. Each year event organizers engage participants in wellness activities in a safe, friendly and fun atmosphere.  The Journal on Active Aging article featured organizations including The Glebe which used the “Live Your Adventure” theme for 2015 to anchor the experience.   This year’s program at The Glebe, led by Wellness staff Rachel Carson and Tricia Cronise, was a huge success.   With the theme “Live Your Adventure”, the celebration began with residents sharing about a Snorkeling Lessonpast adventure on a large poster board. Residents were asked to visit the Johnson Aquatic Center where they could write a few words or sentences about one of their favorite  past adventures – a travel experience, learning something new, a special life event, etc.  Since the writing board was up about 10 days before Active Aging Week, it was a great time for residents to share about their adventures as well as being a great advertisement for the coming activities.

Visiting Mill MountainRachel and Tricia organized a special activity on each day of Active Aging Week. All of the activities were designed to

demonstrate that wellness is more than exercise – it encompasses all aspects of healthy living such as keeping an active mind, having new experiences, creatively expressing yourself, and staying physically active.

The first activity was a snorkeling lesson in The Glebe’s salt water pool. An instructor from Diving Enterprises Plein Air Workshopbrought equipment and led residents in the lesson.  Everyone enjoyed swimming with fins and searching for items distributed around the bottom of the pool.

Another event included a trip to the Mill Mountain Zoo and the Roanoke Star. Residents explored the zoo and saw animals including red pandas and porcupines.  The trip continued up to the top of Mill Mountain to take in the breathtaking view and the Roanoke Star.

Another event was entitled “Taste of Scandinavia”. Residents enjoyed hors d’oeuvres from the region and a line dancing demonstration.  This was followed by a film presentation by a talented resident Horst Lonitz, who created the movie from pictures and video taken during his travels in Scandinavia.

The final event was a Plein Air (in the open air) Watercolor Workshop led by local artist Brett LaGue. Residents were encouraged to be creative and express themselves as they captured their surroundings with paper and paint.  The class was held on the café patio with The Glebe’s beautiful view of the Allegheny Mountains.

There were 103 total participants during these events. Many of these activities were not exercise-related, which gave Rachel and Tricia opportunities to share time with residents with whom they do not regularly interact.  The staff encouraged the participants to join in regular wellness programming while contributing to their overall well-being through their life adventures.