staying active

As most of us already know, staying active is an essential ingredient for a healthy life – regardless of our age. The clinical benefits of an active lifestyle include better moods, increased self esteem, and more opportunities for self expression. So it makes good sense to strive to keep our minds and bodies appropriately stimulated and moving. Here are a few ways to get your feet moving and your brain humming.

Art in the Parks, headquartered at the Gallery in the Park at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, features exhibits highlighting regional artists. In warmer weather, you can walk the trails and view the outdoor art as well. Westchester County boasts other cultural centers as well, including the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Katonah Museum of Art and the Neuberger. For a more immersive experience, the Symphony of Westchester, the Westchester Philharmonic and the Westchester Symphonic Winds – an award-winning community ensemble – all have musical performances throughout the year.

More of an interest in history? Some locations worthy of exploration include Washington’s Headquarters in White Plains, the Thomas Paine Cottage Museum in New Rochelle, St. Paul’s Church National Historic Site in Mount Vernon, Lyndhurst Mansion in Tarrytown, and the Rosen House at Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts.

Like to shop? Or at least window shop? Take a walk at The Westchester in White Plains or join their Mall Walk, sponsored by The Westchester County Parks Department, every Tuesday and Friday throughout the year from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. The first Friday of every month features a guest speaker covering health issues, safety and nutrition. For more information, call 914-231-4645.

Please join other like-minded boomers at the second annual Booming BETTER Expo on May 3, 2020 in Purchase, NY. Learn, engage, socialize, meet world-class professionals – and lunch is on us! For more info, checked out this info and then go ahead and register!

For men looking to socialize with their peers, there’s The Old Guard of White Plains, a group of semi-retired and retired business men who meet every Tuesday at the Ethical Culture Society building in White Plains. They host guest speakers on a variety of topics: local, regional and national social issues; economics and politics; medicine and other science-related subjects. For more information, contact

Staying connected with family and friends provides all of us with peace of mind. For the “technologically challenged,” help is here! Westchester County hosts a monthly Drop-In Computer Help for Seniors each month at the White Plains Public Library. Learn to use your laptop, tablet or cell with other like-minded Westchesterites.

Take advantage of programs at the local libraries and at the senior clubs and centers, where you’ll find book clubs, films, art classes, wellness activities, community events and educational talks. Turn to page 24 in this guide to find a senior center near you and page I2 for a listing of Westchester’s libraries.

With so many things to do, say good bye to your inner couch potato and hello to busier, more active days!

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