Office for the Aging


May 31 is National Senior Health and Fitness Day!

Today, more than 100,000 older adults will participate in local health and wellness events at 1,000 locations across the country as part of the 24th annual National Senior Health & Fitness Day®, the nation’s largest older adult health event. The event is always held the last Wednesday in May as part of Older Americans Month and National Physical Fitness and Sports Month activities.

Local organizations across the country will host health and wellness events that feature health fairs, exercise demonstrations, fitness walks, health screenings, presentations by health experts, and more.

Local groups hosting National Senior Health & Fitness Day events today include senior centers, Ys and health clubs, retirement communities, park and recreation districts, hospitals and health systems, local aging organizations, houses of worship, health plans, and other community organizations.

For more information about events scheduled across the country, visit the 24th Annual National Senior Health & Fitness Day website.


Don’t forget…
One of New York State’s largest fitness events for citizens age 50 and up—the Empire State Senior Games, begins June 12 in Ithaca. Visit the Senior Games website for details.

You can also visit the New York State Department of Conservation (DEC) online to research numerous free trails and nature centers in your area. Getting outside for a walk or for a hike is a great habit to help you stay healthy! The DEC also lists skiing, wildlife watching, and swimming opportunities, among many others.

As we all know, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Visit the preventive health section on the New York State Office for the Aging’s website to find out what free health screenings you may be eligible for.