Gail Defee is one of many seniors excited about a new addition to 38 Wiregrass senior centers.
“Seniors need to be motivated and you know how hard that is to get us at a certain age to get motivated so I really feel like mentally and physically it’s going to be a very good program for us, ” says Defee.
The Alabama Sports Festival Foundation has partnered with the Alabama Department of Senior Services and the Southern Alabama Regional Council on Aging, or SARCOA, for the “Wee Can Fight Obesity” program.
“In this new technology there’s software to help with memory and we think that’s important with seniors. I know I say everyday and a lot of seniors say when we forget something, we’ve had a senior moment so we want to eliminate these senior moments, ” says Ron Creel, CEO of the ASF Foundation.
The program will put WII gaming systems in senior systems across the Wiregrass, helping with physical and mental strength.
A program making the Wiregrass one of a kind.
“We’ll be the only one here in the state, the only senior centers in the state that has this program, going out to different senior centers all over the Wiregrass, teaching about obesity which can help control Alzheimer, dementia, it’s so important for our senior citizens, ” says State Representative Steve Clouse.
“Just getting that interaction, it makes you smile and life’s about a lot of smiles and there were a lot of smiles in the room today so this is going to be a great asset to our centers, ” says Alabama Senator Harri Anne Smith.
An asset officials say will get and keep seniors moving.
“I’m 75 years old, I know I don’t look it but we need to stay active. We want to live to be 100, ” says Creel.
“We have a tendency when we sit down, we stay down and we know that we should continue to move. So we need to be challenged and I think this program will do that for us, ” says Defee.
The “Wee Can Fight Obesity” program is something officials started in schools to fight childhood obesity.
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