Wellness and the Maine Senior Games
The Maine Senior Games is a great opportunity for older adults to have fun and stay fit not only through athletic competition but also through wellness events and providing wellness resources.
August Wellness Topic: Wellbeing - What it Means and How to Strive for It
The meaning of wellbeing is multidimensional, and is comprised of having a balance in these key elements:
- Physical. This includes lifestyle choices that affect the functioning of our bodies. What we eat and how active we are will affect our physical wellbeing.
- Emotional or psychological. This is our ability to cope with everyday life and reflects how we think and feel about ourselves.
- Social. This is the extent that we feel a sense of belonging and social inclusion. The way we communicate with others, our relationships, values, beliefs, lifestyles and traditions are all important factors of social wellbeing.
- Spiritual. This is the ability to experience and integrate meaning and purpose in life. Achieved through being connected to our inner self, to nature or even a greater power.
- Intellectual. It is important to gain and maintain intellectual wellness as it helps us to expand our knowledge and skills in order to live an enjoyable and successful life.
- Economic. Economic wellness, in short, is our ability to meet our basic needs and feel a sense of security.
In our complex world and the challenges faced in daily living, achieving personal well-being can be an ongoing challenge. Per the "Wellbeing People" website, this can be achieved via these five steps.
Five simple ways to improve our overall wellness are:
1. Connect - talk and listen to others and always live in the moment.
2. Be active – do what you can and enjoy what you do.
3. Take notice – remember the simple things that give you joy.
4. Keep learning – embrace new experiences and seek new opportunities.
5. Give – give people your time, your words and your presence.
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Upcoming Wellness Event
Stay tuned! Our next wellness event will be announced soon.
Previous Wellness Events
Below are resources and recording from previous wellness events hosted by the Maine Senior Games.
Tips on How to Emerge Safely from the Pandemic
May 27, 6-7pm via Zoom
Are you feeling a little anxious about emerging from the Pandemic? Betty DeSisto, RN, BSN will discuss the implications of COVID variants and the vaccine effectiveness. This will be an opportunity to learn how to use the Chain of Transmission as well as three measures you can put in place to re-emerge safely.
Justin Looser will speak about managing fear, anxiety, and stress as the world opens back up.
Betty DeSisto, RN, BSN is currently working at Maine Medical Center as a Nurse Epidemiologist. She has specialized in infection prevention for the past six years. Through her diverse 30 years in nursing, she has become highly motived to contribute to continuous quality improvement for patient safety.
Justin Looser is the Market Director for Behavioral Health for Frisbie Memorial Hospital, Parkland Medical Center and Portsmouth Regional Hospital. Justin oversees operations for three inpatient psychiatric units, two Partial Hospitalization Programs and an Eating Disorder Clinic in Salem, NH.
Maine Senior Games Health and Wellness Zoom
March 25, 2021, 6:30-7:30pm via Zoom
Join us on Thursday, March 25 at 6:30 pm via Zoom for some word puzzles, to learn about the Peer Connection Program at UNE, and about simplifying protein, carbs, and fats in your diet. This is sure to be an hour that starts with some fun and laughter and ends on a more serious note!
Kendra Jarratt, Certified Lifestyle Nutritionist
Kendra will speak about simplifying macro-nutrients (protein, carbs, fats) and the importance of getting the right amounts into your diet along with drinking enough water. She will discuss the correlation of those nutrients (and maybe touch on micro-nutrients?) along with exercise/movement, especially as we age.
Joseph Wolfberg, UNE
Peer Connections is an online forum for personal sharing and mutual support in this time of social distancing. Prolonged social isolation can be harmful to mental and physical well-being. Meeting online with others through a video (or voice) connection can help. This group is a “safe space” for peer fellowship and social connection, facilitated by health profession faculty and students from UNE. COVID-19 brings us together in this new space. The realities of daily living and our responses are the focus. Peer Connections is a place to share feelings, express frustrations, suggest activities, and offer mutual support.
Maintaining Readiness for the Games During a Pandemic
January 28, 2021, 6:30-7:30pm via Zoom
This interactive Zoom session will provide athletes with a solid understanding of how you can turn your home into a weight room and how to fuel and nourish the body for athletic pursuits. We will learn and try at-home exercises that you can do with house-hold items! Coach Kelley will teach participants how to structure a resistance training program, as well as how to structure your plate to fuel your body for varying levels of activity (known as Athlete Performance Plates). Various wellness topics will be interspersed in throughout the session and questions are highly encouraged throughout the session - the more interactive, the better!
Lyndie Kelley, RSCC, CSCS, NSCA-CPT, FMS-C, USAW L1 has had the privilege of serving the Maine Senior Women's Basketball program as their Strength & Conditioning Coach since 2012. Coach Kelley is the Coordinator of Strength & Conditioning at the University of New England in Biddeford and has coached the Nor'easters in the weight room for the last 7 years. She has a passion for working with athletes of all ages and abilities and truly enjoys coaching athletes across the lifespan. She has coached youth, middle/high school, collegiate, professional, and adult athletes from ages 5 - 90 years. Coach Kelley also serves as the Maine State Director of the National Strength & Conditioning Association and presents on various fitness and wellness related topics on the state, regional, national and international level.
The resources below are shared as a helpful resource for our supporters and do not constitute a specific endorsement of any product and/or service.
State & National
- National Senior Games - Health and Wellness
- International Council on Active Aging - Active Aging and Wellness
- National Institute on Aging - Promoting Wellness in Older Patients
- Welcome to My Bodyweight Workout
- How to Exercise Easily at Home During the Pandemic
- 5 Exercises for You to Do at Home in the Pandemic
- How to Exercise During a Pandemic: Your COVID-19 Workout Questions Answered
- The Best Bodyweight Exercises You Can Do at Home
General Health & Specific Health Topics
- Top 10 Health and Wellness Sites for Seniors
- American Heart Association - Maine Chapter
- American Cancer Society
- American Stroke Association
- The Dempsey Center makes life better for people managing the impact of cancer.
- The National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS) unrelentingly invested in, mobilizes, and unites our community to discover a cure, delivery effective treatments, and advocate for patients and care partners.
- The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (FTD) - It's the most common dementia for those under 60, yet it's widely misunderstood and too often misdiagnosed. Learn essential facts about FTD.
- Nursing Home Abuse
Mental Health and Wellbeing
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