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Greeley Village Encourages Older Adults To Defy Stereotypes

A recent article in The Washington Post, titled “Americans over 50 are doing extreme sports their grandparents never imagined,” highlights a growing trend of older adults breaking the mold and defying stereotypes about aging and athleticism. At Greeley Village, we are inspired by this movement and seek to foster a similar spirit of adventure and capability among our residents.

The article features interviews with OATS Executive Director Tom Kamber and 2022 Senior Planet Sponsored Athletes Carolyn Hartfield, Keo Capestany, and Sally Saenger. They discuss how people in their 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s are performing feats previous generations might have found unimaginable. Dr. Kamber encourages society to rethink what older adults can accomplish, emphasizing that prejudices about aging limit potential and restrict opportunities.

Saenger, who participates in surfing, a sport often associated with youth, shares how her involvement inspires younger athletes. “It’s like they’re thinking, ‘That could be my mom, or my grandma,'” she said.

At Greeley Village, we are committed to encouraging our residents to pursue new and exciting challenges, breaking down age-related barriers and redefining what it means to grow older.

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