If you participate in almost any program at the Ahwatukee Foothills Family YMCA, you’re bound to notice a number of people who may look like seniors, but exercise like middle-aged adults. That’s because they participate in the SilverSneakers Fitness program. SilverSneakers is an innovative program offered free of charge by several Valleywide participating Medicare Advantage plans, Medicare Supplement plans, and group retiree health plans that give seniors the freedom to get fit in a variety of ways. In fact, one out of every five people who are 65 years and older and who are enrolled in one of the 68 participating Medicare supplement plans are eligible to exercise in over 11,000 participating facilities nation-wide.
I am not suggesting for a moment that my extended family is weirder than any one else’s. I am also not suggesting that we are any less weird. Chances are pretty good that we fit under that 68.4 percent normal distribution bulge in the bell curve of weirdness. When it comes to religion, we are all over the place.
Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Ahwatukee will be hosting a special event, entitled “Remembering Our Fallen,” honoring the Arizona soldiers who gave their lives serving in the Iraq and Afghanistan war.
Sam Rosendahl, 17, a senior patrol leader for Boy Scout Troop 118, chartered by the Parish of St. Benedict in Ahwatukee, did his Eagle project to benefit Bridging AZ, a furniture bank in Mesa. Jim Piscopo, founder and president of Bridging AZ, said the group is a 501(c)3 organization that works with several agencies through case workers providing beds, furniture, and sometimes household accessories to those transitioning from state/government supported or protective living environments (half-way houses, prison, shelters, etc.) to living on their own.
The Ahwatukee Foothills News hosts a forum with the 9th Congressional District US House of Representatives candidate Andrew Walter.For more from this forum, see our playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8ZTVzyUoWKlnx1J8_dcjjX94IwjMgeS5[Video: Vincent Cota/Ahwatukee Foothills News]