Sept. 28 – Oct. 2: Five-Day Program of Events and Activities Dedicated to Promoting Active Aging and Healthy Lifestyles
Suwanee, GEORGIA (September 28, 2015) — Salude, a healthcare provider that will redefine transitional care, hosts WALK! with Aegis Therapies 2015 kick-off event on Monday, Sept. 28 at 1 p.m. with Aegis Therapies executive chef Darin Leonardson hosting the celebratory first anniversary festivities with former patients and all of the Salude staff.
He will host a live and entertaining cooking demonstration highlighting healthy foods and nutrition. He will make delicious, antioxidant smoothies in a fun way and prepare a tasty spinach and pomegranate salad from the Aegis Therapies EnerG™ Cookbook for all participants.
The WALK! with Aegis Therapies takes place from Sept. 28 to Oct. 2. This award-winning program is a five-day celebration of health and wellness that will involve thousands of participants at Aegis Therapies client locations across the nation, including independent living facilities, assisted living facilities, continuing care retirement communities, skilled nursing facilities, and other locations as well as at-home participants in the community.
Community members are invited to create their own WALK! team and join the WALK! withAegis Therapies for free by registering anytime between August 1 and October 1 at www.walkwithaegis.com.
“We invite the community to join us for this fun-filled week that encourages active aging and educates participants about healthy living at any age,” said Salude Executive Director, Dee Desai. “Our patients, their families and our whole staff are looking forward to this event and our motivational WALK! Chef on Sept. 28.”
Aegis Therapies, one of the largest contract rehabilitation companies in the country, provides rehabilitation services at Salude. WALK! with Aegis Therapies 2015 is presented by the EnerG™ by Aegis wellness program and the International Council on Active Aging® (ICAA). The events are in support of ICAA’s annual Active Aging Week, which is celebrated throughout the U.S. and Canada during the last week of September. To see more about our events, go to www.aegistherapies.com.
Each day of WALK! with Aegis Therapies 2015 will feature a walking activity and an additional wellness activity. Walking activities will take place to upbeat songs on custom-made CDs narrated by national fitness expert Chris Freytag. Participants who are not able to complete planned walks will have the option of engaging in other physical activities.
Participating sites will calculate miles walked daily by event participants at each location and Aegis Therapies staff will calculate a national total of miles walked during WALK! with Aegis Therapies 2015. Participants in the 2014 program collectively walked close to 100,000 miles by the end of the week!
“Aegis Therapies is committed to our community service and to spreading the knowledge that remaining active as people age is vital to health and quality of life,” said Martha Schram, President of Aegis Therapies. “WALK! with Aegis Therapies reinforces the importance of nourishing our emotional and intellectual health, in addition to maintaining our physical well-being.”
Schedule of WALK! with Aegis Therapies 2015 Activities
In addition to a daily walking exercise, each day of WALK! with Aegis Therapies will incorporate another dimension of wellness as follows:
Monday (9/28) – Intellectual Wellness — Participants will engage in creative and stimulating mental activities including trivia questions about America and brain teasers.
Tuesday (9/29) – Emotional Wellness — Participants will engage in activities that encourage them to stay positive, connect with others, and remain physically active. Attendees will write thank you or caring notes to friends, loved ones, or caregivers. Alternatively, they may engage in another activity that promotes positive thinking.
Wednesday (9/30) – Spiritual Wellness — Participants will be encouraged to merge the physical realm of wellness with the spiritual as they complete a 15-minute guided meditation segment.
Thursday (10/1) – Occupational Wellness — During this day’s events, participants will engage each other in a game that will involve going through the alphabet and listing as many occupations as they can for each letter.
Friday (10/2) – Social Wellness — On this day, activities will promote social wellness and the importance of socializing with others. Socializing involves using good communications skills, having meaningful relationships, respecting yourself and others, and creating a support system that includes family, friends, and caregivers.
Alan L. Wang, MD, SFHM, FACP
Transitional Care, Cardiology Services and Rehabilitation, and Hospital Medicine1 hr 11 min
Dr. Wang of Salude, Dr. Kunjummen of Atlanta Heart Specialists, and Dr. Austin of Gwinnett Medical Center Hospital Medicine