PCA's 'Senior Strut' set for October 12 on Kelly Drive

Join an expected 500 older adults for Philadelphia Corporation for Aging’s (PCA’s) Senior Strut: A Health Event in the Park presented by PA Health and Wellness on Friday, Oct. 12, from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

Following a musical send-off by a Mummer’s String Band, seniors will walk for health and enjoyment in a one-mile loop down scenic Boathouse Row, Kelly Drive that day.  After the walk, participants will return to their starting point at Lloyd Hall for a health and information fair with free health screenings. Flu shots will be available (bring your insurance card to participate). Participants also will enjoy fitness and entertainment activities led from a demonstration stage and receive free t-shirts and a healthy snack. The Senior Strut will feature special appearances by former Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Hollis Thomas and a DJ. Participants must be age 60 or older. Tickets are $5; advance purchase is required.

Call 215-765-9000, ext. 5055 to purchase tickets or go here.

Health experts say that walking increases blood flow to the heart, lungs and brain and that it can improve mood and lower stress. Research also shows that walking may help to cut rates of heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. “Most of all walking is free and it’s fun. Everybody can do it!” says Holly Lange, PCA president and CEO.

The Senior Strut helps to “promote the health benefits of walking for older adults,” says Joan Zaremba, PCA director of marketing and development. “We hope that the Senior Strut might spur older adults to join walking groups or perhaps to form walking groups of their own,” she adds.

The Lloyd Hall event site is accessible by SEPTA bus routes 32 and 38.

The Senior Strut, now in its sixth year, is supported by the Fairmount Park Conservancy and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation. Major sponsorship for the event is provided by Always Best Care Senior Services, Bath Fitter, Bayada Home Health Care, CareGivers America, Cigna HealthSpring, CityLife Neighborhood Clinics, Health Partners Plans, Independence Blue Cross, JEVS at Home, Liberty Resources, Moravia Health Network, Oak Street Health, Pennsylvania Lottery, and UPMC Health Plan.