On October 31, 2021, William Shatner, age 90, made history by being the oldest person to travel to space. Famous for his role as Captain Kirk on Star Trek, it seemed fitting that he took the trip and set the current record of the oldest person to go into space.
A few months prior to Shatner’s historical trip, Wally Funk, an 82-year-old woman became the oldest woman to travel to space on July 20, 2021. She had spent a lifetime flying and training for a trip to space that didn’t happen for 60 years because she was a woman.
Prior to their trips, in 1998, John Glenn, who was the first astronaut to orbit the earth, took a trip into space at age 77. He participated in the trip to see what type of health effects space would have on an older adult.
These examples show us that the sky is truly the limit for all of us. Our own limitations and health may keep our feet firmly planted on the gravitational pull of the earth but that doesn’t mean that we can’t make the most of every day despite aging.
For example, maybe you’ve let a healthy activity slide due to physical or health limitations and you miss it. What are some steps that can be taken to resume the activity. Maybe you used to do Zumba or step aerobics classes, but you can’t move the way that you used to. Could you perhaps start in a pool by doing pool aerobics to build your strength, balance, or address other issues that have slowed you down?
Did you enjoy kayaking or other water activities and don’t feel that you can still do them? Talk with a care manager who might be able to find a way to help you get back to the activities you enjoy. There are often options available to increase activity and health to include exercise that you enjoy.
We want to help in any way that we can to help you get back to an active lifestyle that you enjoy. Please give us a call at (203) 258-2640 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss how to coordinate your care and activities to maintain a lifestyle that you enjoy.