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Senior Beat: Seniors can attend summer camp for a day

By Carol Higgins Taylor

For The Weekly

Summer camp isn’t just for kids anymore. The University of Maine Campus Recreation Center, University of Maine Center on Aging, Eastern Area Agency on Aging, UMaine School of Nursing and Cooking Matters have teamed up to bring you the Body and Mind Adult Fitness/Wellness Camp.

Like the camps we attended as children, there will be food and activities. Unlike the camps of our childhood, there will not be bug-infested communing with nature (not an outdoor girl myself). And the camp lasts one day, not a week or more.  

Lace up your sneakers and head to the New Balance Student Recreation Center on the UMaine Campus in Orono, Saturday, June 3 for a full day fitness, wellness and fun. The camp is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is designed for people age 55 and older of all fitness levels. Snack and lunch will be included.  

“The idea of an adult day camp came from a conversation between UMaine Campus Rec and Center on Aging staff who saw a need for more targeted fitness, wellness and social activities for seniors to help enhance the livability of the local community in Orono and surrounding areas,” said Kristie Deschesne, associate director for programming at the University of Maine Campus Recreation Center. “Our goal for the day is that people have fun, meet new people, learn about their current fitness levels and ways to enhance and improve their health and wellness into their retirement years.”

The day will feature wellness coaching sessions by Dr. Kelley Strout from the UMaine School of Nursing. In her interactive workshop, you’ll engage in a holistic assessment of your personal wellness and explore how social, physical, intellectual, spiritual, emotional, and occupational factors affect your health and well-being. You will complete a personalized wellness assessment and set wellness goals for yourself. Everyone leaves the session with a wellness action plan.

There will be a Falls-Risk Assessment performed by Eastern Area Agency on Aging. During an assessment, you will be asked about any history of falling, medications you take that may cause dizziness, and tripping hazards at home. You will also be given a vision test because poor eyesight can contribute to a fall.

Then there is a “reach test,” where you reach out as far as possible without losing your balance, and the “stand up and walk test,” where you will be timed on how long it takes for you to stand up from a chair and walk a pre-determined distance.  

Cooking Matters will do their “The Pop Up Tour” program, in which educators discuss unit pricing to determine the best buy on foods, label reading to identify whole grains, sugar and sodium content in foods, and finding good calcium sources. They will also introduce MyPlate, a mechanism using the image of a place setting for a meal to illustrate the five food groups that are the building blocks for a healthy diet. Participants receive a small cook book, a reusable shopping bag and a $10 gift card to Hannaford.

Wondering just how fit you are? Let the professionals tell you. The campus rec staff will give you a fitness assessment to determine your current level of fitness, including strength, flexibility and cardiovascular fitness.

You will also learn easy, do-anywhere exercises for all fitness levels. You don’t have to have fancy equipment or a pricy gym membership to get in shape. Personal trainers will help you add to your current routine or help you start a new one.

If you want a day full of wellness, fitness, falls risk assessments, ideas for safe workouts you can do anywhere, meal planning tips, and more, sign-up for the Body & Mind Adult Fitness/Wellness Camp.

Cost of the camp is $32 for the day. To learn more or to register, contact The New Balance Campus Recreation Center at 581-1082.


Carol Higgins Taylor is an advocate for seniors and owns Bryant Street Public Relations in Bangor. Email her at

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