Spring has sprung and so have New York City’s senior citizens. With gardening season and prime running season just around the corner, volunteers and seniors alike are getting involved in outdoor activities to stay healthy and enjoy the warmer weather.
One NYC woman, Goldie Sohn, credits her longevity to staying active. She just celebrated her 105th birthday in April. The average age of retirement might be 63, but Sohn hasn’t let retirement stop her from moving or being an advocate for exercise.
In addition to being the oldest member of the New York Road Runners, Sohn was also recently the guest of honor inside the Services for Older Adults Family Health Center at NYU Langone. She says that a lifelong interest in movement is what has kept her healthy and happy for so long.
“You have to be active,” she told the New York Daily News. “Do something … that makes you happy.”
And she’s not the only senior staying active. The second annual NYC Parks Brooklyn Senior Games event is officially underway.
The event runs through May 12 and provides opportunities for senior runners and other athletes to stay active while showcasing their skills. The two-day torch relay began at 7:15 AM on Monday morning and featured runners carrying the burning torch through Wythe Avenue, Williamsburg Street West, Flushing Avenue, and Navy, Tillary and Court streets.
The second leg of the relay began Tuesday morning at Brooklyn Borough Hall and finished at the Brownsville Recreation Center with an opening ceremony and refreshments for all who participated.
Other events seniors will participate in throughout the week include basketball, bowling, pickleball, and swimming, among others. Needless to say, the relay was the start of a particularly sweaty week for these senior athletes. They’ll be using all of their 2 to 4 million sweat glands during this week’s activities, for sure.
These seniors are living proof that retirement certainly doesn’t mean the end of an active lifestyle. If Goldie and these athletes can teach people anything, it’s that staying active has no age limit.