Rita Altman, senior vice president of Memory Care & Program Services for Sunrise Senior Living, appeared on The Not Old – Better Show! This is a podcast focused on issues and topics for people aged 50 and older.
Rita discussed Sunrise’s partnership with Go4Life, an exercise and physical activity campaign from the National Institute on Aging at NIH. Sunrise communities incorporate Go4Life activities into our signature Live With Action exercise program all year long, including during Go4Life Month in September.
Take a look below at a few highlights from the show, and be sure to listen to the full episode here.
An introduction to Go4Life Month and Sunrise Senior Living (0:00–4:00): Stephanie Dailey, the director of the Go4Life campaign for NIH, tells us about the third week of Go4Life Month, in which the campaign asks seniors to stay on track with exercise. The theme of Go4Life Month this year is “Get ready, get moving, Go4Life.” The Go4Life exercise program is evidence-based, meaning that data shows its effectiveness. Rita Altman tells us about the more than 320 Sunrise communities located throughout the U.S., Canada, and in the UK, and how these communities offer a full array of senior services, including assisted living, memory care, independent living, skilled nursing, and more. Sunrise offers care and programming holistically focused on each resident’s mind, body, and spirit, based on a comprehensive geriatric assessment.
Sunrise’s Partnership with Go4Life (5:30–7:25): Sunrise has partnered with Go4Life for many years as a way to holistically improve the wellness and well-being of every Sunrise resident. Sunrise’s Live With Purpose activities program includes eight evidence-based signature programs that promote physical, mental, and spiritual health. Scientific evidence shows that exercise can improve circulation and get blood flowing to the brain, which can fight depression and benefit cognition. Sunrise has incorporated Go4Life into the Live With Action program, which is centered on physical exercise, by starting daily Go4Life walking clubs. These walking clubs help residents feel energized and engaged from exercising and conversing together, giving them a great sense of joy and achievement.
Intergenerational Relays during Go4Life Month (10:00–12:15): For the past four years during the last week of September, Sunrise communities have combined Live With Legacy (centered on intergenerational relationships) and Live With Action programming into a walking relay with some local children. For example, Sunrise of Chandler, AZ, residents head over to Pueblo Middle School every year to partner up with students and share conversations and laughs while they walk around the school gymnasium.
Tips for Holding Intergenerational Exercise Programs (12:15–14:00): By planning and using the tools on the Go4Life website, anyone can start successful intergenerational programs in their senior community. The community should reach out to a local school to schedule regular meetings and activities between students and seniors. This can lead to special relationships between the two groups, as in some instances, Sunrise residents have even begun volunteering at the local school to spend time with the students. The Sunrise Live With Legacy program encourages this mutual cross-generational sharing of talents, skills, experiences, and energy. Once a relationship has been established, you can plan a successful intergenerational exercise event such as the one held at Sunrise of Chandler.
Live With Purpose at Sunrise
At Sunrise communities, Live With Legacy and Live With Action are just two of the eight signature activities programs held on a regular basis to bring meaningful days to our residents. We invite you to watch these videos to see how these personalized programs can encourage residents to engage, enjoy, express, learn, and grow!