Information for 2019 National Senior Games will be announced shortly.
CT Race in the Park
- Date: TBA
- Location: Walnut Hill Park, New Britain
- Date: TBA
- Location: Cove Park, Wethersfield
Who: The Connecticut Masters’ Games is a 501(c)(3) Not-For-Profit organization dedicated to providing a forum that initiates and encourages camaraderie between different ages, socioeconomic and cultural groups through athletic competition and the Olympic spirit. The event assists in the development of physical fitness and promotes positive healthy activities for the participants, their families and the communities where they live.
What: The Connecticut Masters’ Games (formerly known as the Connecticut Senior Games) are the largest amateur multi sport Olympic-style sporting event in Connecticut for master athletes. We are now celebrating our 36th year of uniting Connecticut’s residents in the common bond of amateur sport and Olympic spirit. This event is a member in good standing of the National Senior Games Association.
Where: The “Games” will be hosted by the City of New Britain in 2016. Competitions will also take place around the state of Connecticut at top college, high school and municipal venues.
Participants: More than 1,500 participants, 300 volunteers and over 2,500 spectators will take part in the 2016 Connecticut Masters’ Games. Participants range from 30 to 90+. Since the inception of the CT Masters' Games in 1979, more than 42,000 amateur master athletes have participated in the “Games”.
MISSION OF THE "GAMES”
- To promote better overall health and fitness among citizens.
- To recognize & reward Connecticut Master and Senior residents who have chosen to participate in the healthy, wholesome activities that reflect positively on them, their families and respective communities.
- To provide a unique forum which embodies the Olympic spirit of competition.
- To inspire the development of physical and competitive abilities by Connecticut amateur master athletes.
***NEW CT Masters' Games Age Groups (non-qualifying for the National Senior Games)
- 30-39, 40-49
Age Groups (qualifying area divisions for the National Senior Games)
- 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-89, 90-94
- 5K - CT Race in the Park
- 10K - Old Wethersfield
The Benefits of Exercise for Older Adults
Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle at any stage in life, but this is especially true for older adults. Staying physically active can help stave off some of the telltale signs of “old age.” In fact, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), even moderate exercise and physical activity have been shown to improve the health of people who are frail or suffer from diseases that come with aging. What’s more, NIH says that making exercise a regular part of your lifestyle can even help maintain independence as you age.
Still need more encouragement to get moving? Start by cheering on your friends and neighbors who are participating in the Connecticut Masters’ Games this spring. And read on to learn more about the benefits of exercise for older adults.
- Prevent or delay disease: Exercise may prevent or delay several aging-related ailments, such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke. It can also be an effective part of a treatment plan for people who suffer from chronic conditions, including arthritis and high blood pressure.
- Keep your mind sharp: Studies have shown that higher levels of physical activity reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Additionally, exercise has been shown to maintain or improve some aspects of mental function as people age, such as the ability to quickly shift between two tasks, plan an event or activity, and sift between relevant and irrelevant information. This may be because exercise increases blood flow to all parts of your body, including your brain.
- Improve your mood: Regular exercise is a great way to manage stress and help improve your mood. When you work out, your brain releases “feel-good” chemicals – neurotransmitters and endorphins – that can help you feel better. Additionally, physical activity increases a person’s body temperature, which may have calming effects.
- Gain confidence: As we age, it’s common to feel less sure of yourself when it comes to things like balance, posture and your overall physical appearance. Regularly exercising can help with this. In particular, stability and core-focused exercises, such as yoga and Tai Chi, can help you walk with confidence throughout life, while also helping to reduce your risk of falling. Plus exercising will help you burn calories while toning and strengthening your muscles, which can help your clothes fit better and keep you feeling vibrant and energized.
With so many benefits to gain, I encourage all older adults to consider incorporating exercise into their daily lifestyle. Just remember to consult with your doctor before starting an exercise regimen or changing up your routine.
Dr. Dennis Hsieh is the regional medical director for UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement in the East region. Serving nearly one in five Medicare beneficiaries, UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement is the largest business dedicated to the health and well-being of seniors and other Medicare beneficiaries. UnitedHealthcare is a proud sponsor of the Connecticut Masters’ Games.