Spring is here and it’s time to get moving! More and more research is telling us that as we age, we need to get in shape to stay out of the hospital. Generations Magazine will feature more proactive resourceful information to do just that. As a baby boomer, I have begun my quest to keep myself healthy and help my peers to do the same.

Thanks to the YMCA, we can all do more to live active lives. As the Y’s CEO Michael Broderick points out, exercising is only the beginning. The Y also offers many social and emotional benefits, especially for seniors who enjoy the Y’s activities and cultural classes…and making friends along the way.

If you are 65 or turning 65, remember that some Medicare plans offer free YMCA membership. Yes, free membership. Check with your plan and ask for all the benefits. If you are one of the 86,000-plus older residents in Hawai‘i, check out the YMCA.

The Ihara Family - Generations Magazine - April-May 2013

Percy, Dan, Les (Dad), Shirley (Mom), Sherry, Arlene and Cathy; missing is Les, Jr.

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, I wanted to send my thoughts and thanks to my mother, Shirley Ihara. My mom raised my brood of siblings with never ending care, instilling values and endless love to us all. To this day, I don’t know how she did it all—the grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning, vacuuming, laundry, chauffeuring, assisting with our homework and traveling around the country lugging six kids for more than 30 years as my father was a career Army officer. Can you imagine that? I still remember my mom’s words “We will always love and be here for you.” Mom, I send you my love, along with my siblings, and all of your 14 grandkids and four great-grandchildren send their love on Mother’s Day!

And lastly, SAVE THESE DATES!

ARTHRITIS WALK–May 5th at Kaka‘ako Waterfront Park 7:30a.m.–11a.m.
Join in for great fun, resourceful information and for a wonderful cause.
For details call the Arthritis Foundation at 596-2900.

2013 Elderhood Project’s 7th Annual “AGING IN PLACE” WORKSHOP August 9th at the Ala Moana Hotel 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Come listen to presentations on Financial/Legal Issues, Caregiving Resource’s, Healthy Living Tips and State/Federal Programs for Seniors and their families.

Live Well,

Percy Ihara, Editor/Publisher

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