People over 65 need to engage in some form of daily physical activity to remain healthy. Though the range of exercises they can participate in is wide, many have chosen running as their favorite form of healthy activity. Las Vegas elder care experts discuss the lives of 4 inspiring seniors who focus on regular fitness through running.
1. Eileen-Philippa “Phil” Raschker
Eileen-Philippa Raschker is no longer a professional runner, but she maintains her healthy lifestyle by running, biking, and swimming almost every day. This world-class athlete has dozens of gold medals from countless races, including the World Masters Athletics Championships. In addition to running, she also enjoys teaching and practicing pole vaulting at various schools throughout the country.
2. Bob Dolphin
Not only is Bob Dolphin a race director, but he also competes in many of the races he organizes. At the age of 86, he has completed just over 500 marathons and half-marathons. He believes slow and steady runs are just as good for his mind as they are for his body. Dolphin has stated he enjoys identifying birds and plants while training out in the wild.
3. Fauja Singh
Simply becoming a centenarian is an amazing feat, but Fauja Singh has decided age will not slow him down. After his wife and child passed away, Singh began running as a form of therapy to manage his grief. What makes Singh’s story even more amazing is the fact he was not able to walk until the age of 5. Though this 105-year-old runner started off slow, doctors have stated he is as healthy as many people half his age due to his extensive training.
4. Madonna Buder
Born in 1930, Madonna Buder earned the nickname “Nun on the Run” after completing over 50 marathons and 300 triathlons. Buder joined the Sisters of the Good Shepherd in her 20s, and one of her mentors suggested running as a way to pray and meditate. When Buder is not training for marathons, she counsels the homeless on the streets of Spokane. She has broken countless records over the years, including finishing Ironman Hawaii at the age of 76.
Though running might not be the best option for all seniors, there are many low-impact exercises your aging loved one can try. If your loved one needs help maintaining a regular fitness regimen, reach out to Home Care Assistance. Our caregivers can assist with physical activity as well as many daily household tasks, and we also provide comprehensive Parkinson’s, stroke, and Alzheimer’s home care Las Vegas seniors can count on. For more information and to schedule a no-obligation consultation with one of our knowledgeable Care Managers, call (702) 550-3185 today.