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4 Older Adults Who Run Regularly to Stay Fit

By Nick Paciello, 9:00 am on

It’s vital for older adults to engage in some form of regular exercise, and many turn to running as their preferred daily physical activity. In fact, many seniors have accomplished the impressive feat of running major marathons. Henderson, NV, senior care professionals discuss the lives and accomplishments of 4 seniors who have been running for years and have no plans of slowing down anytime soon.

1. Ernie Andrus 

After retiring at the age of 64, Ernie Andrus took up running as a hobby. Now, at age 93, he continues to run in races across the world. He has run in many 5K and 10K races, in addition to a 200-mile overnight race. To stay physically fit, Andrus gets up early in the morning to work out and keeps his heart pumping. He looks at each race as an adventure he can’t wait to take. 

2. Ginette Bedard 

Ginette Bedard is 83, loves to run, and remains physically fit. She has competed in many races, running her first marathon when she was 69. To stay in shape, she runs a few hours each day near her home in Howard Beach, and she also works out using the Octane Fitness machine. As long as Bedard remains healthy, she will continue to run. 

3. Joseph Pascarella 

Even though he was turned down by the U.S. Army and Navy due to a heart murmur, Joseph Pascarella is now retired and winning marathons in his early 80s. To stay in shape, he runs in approximately 15 races each year, but he makes sure to not overdo it. Running not only helps Pascarella remain physically fit, but it also keeps him happy and full of life. 

4. Harriet Thompson 

One year ago, at the age of 92, Harriet Thompson became the oldest woman to complete a marathon. She began running in marathons when she was 76 years old. Thompson does not train as much as she did years ago due to a variety of illnesses, which included cancer. Even though she had to miss out on some important races in the past, she continues to put on her gym shoes to run on a regular basis. 

For some seniors, exercising without assistance can be challenging. If your aging loved one needs help engaging in regular physical activity, reach out to Home Care Assistance. Our caregivers are available 24/7 to assist with exercise and other daily tasks, and we also offer specialized Parkinson’s, dementia, and Alzheimer’s care Henderson, NV, seniors can rely on. For more information on our at-home care services, call one of our experienced Care Managers at (702) 527-7723 to schedule a complimentary consultation.