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Wellness Fair set for Nov. 7 at Rolling Green Village

Darryl Hyatt has lived at Rolling Green Village for 15 months and has already participated in numerous wellness activities, from walking the trails that surround the ponds on the 175-acre campus to visiting the Wellness Center for the weight machines and yoga classes.

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Hyatt, 65, appreciates the wealth of wellness offerings available at Rolling Green Village yearround, and is looking forward to the annual Wellness Fair, which will be held Friday, Nov. 7 from 9 am to 4 p.m. Events include a welcome breakfast, a technology discussion, a yoga class, neck massages, two showings of a documentary about the Senior Olympics and a special lunch.

“I went to several events at the Wellness Fair last year and I enjoyed every one of them,” Hyatt said. This year, he’s particularly interested in attending a discussion of seniors and technology hosted by Apple. “I have an iPad and an iPhone, so I’ll

definitely go the Apple one. We all know about technology because we’ve all got grandchildren,” he said, laughing. “They show us what to do.” Last year’s Wellness Fair included a technology discussion led by Best Buy, and Katy Dwyer, media and events coordinator at Rolling Green Village, said it was well-attended, so organizers knew an Apple discussion would be popular as well. It’s part of Rolling Green Village’s focus on different areas of wellness, which include physical as well as emotional, mental and spiritual well-being. Technological knowledge can contribute to several areas of wellness, including mental and emotional, and is an excellent way for seniors to stay connected with the important people in their lives. Hyatt said he had just been texting his daughter that morning about what to get for his granddaughter’s sixth birthday - she wants an iPad, of course. 


AGE OF CHAMPIONS The Wellness Fair always draws a crowd, and Dwyer is expecting 200-300 people to participate in various activities throughout the day. Residents and invited guests from the community will be able to choose the events and activities that suit their interests and schedule. “We try to have a good range of activities, figuring out what was popular last year - what people seemed to enjoy and what had the most impact,” Dwyer said. “We want to bring those things back and then add some new events.” A new offering expected to be a highlight of Wellness Day will be two screenings of Age of Champions, an award-winning PBS documentary that follows five athletes training and competing at the National Senior Olympics. Among the subjects is a 100-year-old tennis champion and an 86-year-old pole vaulter. After the morning and afternoon showings, there will be a discussion of the film and the importance of wellness for seniors. The documentary was called “infectiously inspiring” by the Washington Post and has spurred thousands to chase and achieve fitness goals. “I think people will get really excited about it,” Dwyer said. During the Wellness Fair, a chair yoga class will be offered in the Wellness Center, a class that Hyatt and his wife Becky participate in whenever their schedule permits. “It’s a lot of fun,” he said. Hyatt says the entire staff at the Wellness Center is knowledgeable, engaging, and above all, motivating. “Blane Ingle is the fitness guru at Rolling Green and he keeps the classes entertaining,” he said. “You go as much to hear him as you do for the wellness. He motivates you without you even realizing that you’ve been motivated. I can’t plug them enough.” In addition to regular classes six days a week, the Wellness and Fitness Center offers cardio machines such as treadmills and rowing machines as well as pneumatic weight machines - safer and more effective than those with heavy weight attachments—and a salt-water pool designed with water aerobics in mind. The salt water is milder on skin and hair than chemically-treated pools, and a chair lift means that those residents with physical impairments can participate.

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HEALTHY FARE In addition to Apple, two area businesses will be participating in this year’s Wellness Fair. Pedal Chic is a local bike shop that specializes in biking for not only women but also seniors. They will be showcasing their products, including a bike specially designed for seniors. Adam’s Mobile Market will also be on hand with their local, organic produce. Adam’s is a regular visitor to Rolling Green Village, and the staff offers expertise in buying the healthiest and tastiest fruits, vegetables, meats and more. Rolling Green Village offers restaurant-style dining for all residents, with numerous healthy, delicious options offered daily. But on Nov. 7, a special lunch will showcase the freshest, most nutritious offerings, including a variety of quiche, fresh greens, bean salad and parfaits. “Our staff always has plenty of veggies and low-fat, low-sodium and lowcholesterol options,” Dwyer said. “The food here is always focused on being healthy but also being really delicious, and this will be a special meal.” An afternoon event will be a cooking class, which will help residents and guests learn to whip up healthy and tasty creations at home. more on back 

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FIND YOUR GROUP The Wellness Fair brings together a full-day of health-focused activities, but there are always plenty of programs and activities for Rolling Green Village residents who want to get fit or just get outdoors. In addition to the well-equipped fitness center, residents often gather to walk the scenic walking paths that surround three on-site fishing lakes. A bulletin board also lists a variety of active trips, such as a recent hiking trip to Lake Lure, attending the Greenville Symphony, and apple picking. Residents also suggest and create organizations that suit their particular needs. For example, Hyatt is legally blind, and at last year’s Wellness Fair, he connected with other visually impaired residents. They decided to start a Low Vision Group that meets once a month. In November the group will host staff members from Pelham Vision Center,

who will talk about macular degeneration and the devices and treatments available. Hyatt said that’s another benefit of living at Rolling Green Village: finding or creating groups with common issues or interests. “If anyone wants to get a group started, they can just let Resident Services know and it will just take off if there is any interest,” he said. From the complimentary local transportation to the wi-fi-equipped library, the multimedia club room to the on-site beauty salon, there is always plenty to do at Rolling Green Village, and residents have the freedom to build the future they want. The Wellness Fair will give residents and guests a closer look at some of the convenient, healthy options available. “There is a lot to do here,” Hyatt said. “You can be as active as you want to be.”

For more information visit us online at www.RollingGreenVillage.com or contact Ruth Wood at ruthwood@rollinggreenvillage.com 1 Hoke Smith Blvd., Greenville, SC 29615 | 864.987.4612

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