Field day brings out the kid in seniors

Fitness, food, fun on tap in Northridge Park event

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Bocce, banjo picking, Zumba and more gave good reason for local seniors to gather at Northridge Park for the first Highlands Ranch Senior Adult Field Day.

The June 18, get-out-and-play day for seniors, hosted by the Highlands Ranch Seniors Programs Triad, offered a handful of fitness demonstrations, food vendors and information booths from a variety of local service providers.

“I think for our first event, it was very good,” said Jodie McCann, senior services coordinator for the Highlands Ranch Metro District. “We had about 45 to 50 come out, and I think we’ll be even bigger and better next year.”

“It’s nice to let them know they can come outdoors, be active, and while doing that, have fun and learn things from our sponsors and vendors, as well as get the chance to meet others in the senior community on a great day in one of our great parks.”

The senior programs triad — made up of the Highlands Ranch Community Association, Metro District and Senior Club — is in place to combine strengths and services of each of the organizations and help build a strong senior community in Highlands Ranch. As McCann pointed out, there’s a lot to do for younger families in the area, so the triad is trying to come up with more for the senior population to do.

“I’m going to tell all my friends about it. I have a feeling that they don’t know,” said Jim Schoenmaker, 78, who attended the event with his wife Rita, 84.

“I had no idea what to expect, but it was wonderful,” Rita added. “We participated in all the events, the demonstrations were great, and the weather was also perfect.”

One of the highlights for Jim Schoenmaker was shaking hands with Houston Texans and former Denver Broncos offensive tackle Ryan Harris, who donated 25 free box lunches, while also providing free lemonade and water throughout the morning.

While attendees enjoyed their complimentary lunches from Harris’ Inverness-based Harris Home Health, as well as a handful of local vendors, they chatted it up and tapped their feet to the sounds of the Mile High Banjo Society.

For more information about the Highlands Ranch Senior Triad, please visit www.highlandsranch.org, visit the services tab and click on “Senior Outreach Services,” or contact McCann at 720-240-4922 or jmccann@highlandsranch.org.

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