By Rob Seitz, contributor

Editor’s note: All photos in this article are from 2019 or earlier.

Active Aging Week runs from Oct. 4 through Oct. 11 this year, and for John Knox Village and other Life-Plan Retirement Communities around the world, it will be like no other. COVID-19 has made sure of that.

Begun in 2003 by the International Council on Active Aging, Active Aging Week (AAW) would typically be a week of large gatherings with people celebrating how positive the process of aging can truly be.

While that lofty goal and enthusiasm around the seven jam-packed days remain high, virtually all in-person events will be missing, giving way to the “virtual” classroom, fitness studio, performing arts locations, with the educational, physical and entertainment settings provided through Zoom videoconferencing or pre-recorded segments.

JKV, South Florida’s premier Life-Plan Continuing Care Retirement Community, has a full schedule of activities to stimulate body, mind and spirit.

“The entire JKV Life Enrichment Team went into flex-mode, once we recognized that the vast majority of our Active Aging Week events would be ‘virtual’,” Life Enrichment Manager Jamisyn Becker told The Gazette. “We will still be able to provide our residents, and prospective residents, with a full array of things to do, it is just that many of these events will be done from the comfort of their homes on computers or mobile devices, rather than in our Auditorium, party rooms or elsewhere around our campus.”

Included among the AAW highlights, in which you can take part “virtually,” are presentations or demonstrations on the following topics:

Immunotherapies

This year at John Knox Village, active aging week will take a virtual route, but still be as engaging as ever.

Dr. Tereza Hubkova giving a presentation at the Integrative Healthcare Symposium.

Dr. Tereza Hubkova will discuss immunotherapies during a pandemic. Dr. Hubkova is a regular contributor to our blog and is currently Medical Director of Advent Health, The Center for Whole Person Health, in Overland Park, Kansas.

Meditation

Group Mindful Meditation with Dr. Tawanda Spaulding, a registered marriage and family therapist intern, professional holistic life coach and intuitive healer.

Online Art Classes

This year at John Knox Village, active aging week will take a virtual route, but still be as engaging as ever.

Artist Kevin Morrissey (top), meeting with JKV residents Twylah and David Haun, will teach virtual art classes.

Virtual Art Class with Kevin Morrissey, a Master’s in Fine Arts artist, who will teach a drawing and sketching class, including some figure work from a plaster cast and statue.

Brain Tips

“Brain Sense,” with Linda Sasser, Ph.D. A national speaker on brain wellness, Dr. Sasser will help people learn about brain health and ways to improve their cognitive skills.

Health For Life

Active Self-Care Lecture with Licensed Massage Therapist Amber Bost. Discover a handful of ways to ensure your health remains optimal as you age.

Cooking With Chef Mark

JKV Executive Chef Mark Gullusci will provide two educational and entertaining cooking demonstrations during AAW. Due to 6-foot physical distancing, in-person attendance at both demos will be very limited. Call the Marketing Department at (954) 783-4040 to learn more and reserve your seat.

Yoga And Holistic Health

This year at John Knox Village, active aging week will take a virtual route, but still be as engaging as ever.

International yoga teacher, certified holistic health and life coach Melissa Jill will give virtual life tips.

Melissa Jill, CEO and founder of “Alive with Melissa,” is an international yoga teacher, healer, certified holistic health and life coach and speaker. She will offer her thoughts around yoga, self-love, emotional healing, positive thinking and setting intentions to create a blissful life.

Nutrition And Immunity

This year at John Knox Village, active aging week will take a virtual route, but still be as engaging as ever.

JKV Executive Chef Mark Gullusci and Nutritionist Carol Green will be offering virtual cooking demonstrations.

Certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and chef-owner of Taste of Healing, Carol Green will provide three “virtual” cooking demonstrations highlighting foods that “Boost the Immune System And Taste Delicious.”

Special For Pets And Their Owners

This year at John Knox Village, active aging week will take a virtual route, but still be as engaging as ever.

JKV residents Gaile and Carl Boomhower with Lil Bit.

Several events will took place on JKV’s beautiful 70-acre campus, including two for you and your four-legged friends. A Blessing of the Pets Service took place in the JKV Wellness (Dog) Park, and a Furever Friends Foto session was a tail-wagging treat, as well.

To request the complete John Knox Village Active Aging Week 2020 brochure, and for more information, call the JKV Marketing Department at (954) 783-4040 or click here to get in touch!

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