Health and Fitness
August 23, 2011
Contact: Diana Yee, 510-271-6671
Kaiser Permanente Seniors and Boomers Discover Key to Staying Young and Healthy
Fall is a time of year when many organizations take time out to celebrate healthy aging. The topic of healthy aging has become an important national discussion, given that 77 million baby boomers start turning 65 this year and for the next two decades. While a large segment of the population battles obesity and the resulting health risks, there are many Kaiser Permanente seniors and baby boomers who have discovered at least one of the secrets to staying young and healthy… exercise!
Longtime Kaiser Permanente members 75-year-old Tom Huey and 78-year-old Kiyomi Hester have found that keeping active helps them live healthier and happier lives. They feel younger and look younger too. Huey and Hester exercise almost every day. Huey lifts weights at the gym, stretches and walks at an East Bay reservoir. Hester enjoys yoga, Zumba and line dancing. And, she practices tai chi with Robert Johnson, MD, Kaiser Permanente’s chief of Palliative Care in Walnut Creek, Calif. Dr. Johnson trains every morning.
In San Rafael, Calif., Kaiser Permanente baby boomers Tamara and Clarke Holland are a husband-and-wife team who follow a rigorous strength and conditioning program often used by police academies, the military and champion martial artists. Check out the inspirational stories of these seniors and boomers who are taking healthy aging to a whole new level.
If you’re a senior or baby boomer Kaiser Permanente member, tell us about a great experience you’ve had at Kaiser Permanente. Email your name, state, patient care experience, and contact information to PatientStories@kp.org.