PingPong.GIVES brings Table Tennis Programs, Ping Pong Clubs and a lot of FUN to Retirement Communities!
Over 100 residents attended Dr. Sautter’s presentation on “Brain Fitness and Ping Pong”. And 30 residents, after being gifted a brand new table tennis table by Wheeler Interests, immediately formed the Westminster Canterbury Ping Pong Club, known as WC Pongers! Weekly activity, structured programs, lessons and tips around the sport of table tennis have become all the rage for residents of WC!
And growing beyond the Westminster community, friendly competition with other Retirement Communities are taking place, making the game an extension of activities beyond the four walls of WC, aligning nicely with the Table Tennis Charity Foundation’s mission to integrate the sport all over the local area!
To read more, click here, how Va. Beach Seniors are Using Ping Pong as Mind Therapy
Remember that staying active helps your mental health as well as physical health! It’s been studied that brain-disease patients that play Ping Pong regularly display decreased depression; Atlantic Shores not only incorporated a structured Ping Pong program for their residents, they also formed a club that has fun competition with other retirement homes!
Related, read how Virginia Beach Seniors Use Ping Pong as Mind Therapy, complimenting the Table Tennis Charity Foundation’s mission to further integrate the sport in the community.
Beth Sholom, a retirement village in Virginia Beach, VA adds to the growing list of Senior communities adopting formal Table Tennis Programs for their residents. “They’re loving the activity, they’re challenging their abilities, they’re exercising their bodies — and their minds”, shares Dr. Scott Sautter of the Hampton Roads Neuropsychology.
Miles of Smiles!
Harbor’s Edge Retirement Living Serves Up Brain Fitness through Ping Pong, adding yet another Senior Community to the Table Tennis Charity Foundation’s mission to integrate the game and sport into the local community! Dr. Scott Sautter, neuropsychologist, of Hampton Roads Neuropsychology presented on Cross Train Your Brain covering topics involving brain health and fitness with a surprising (to some) conclusion: play ping pong!
Table tennis, or ping pong as it’s sometimes called, is like aerobic chess. A brain imaging study from Japan found that just 10 minutes of table tennis increases activity in the prefrontal cortex and cerebellum – in short, table tennis works the parts of your brain that improve your working memory and can directly benefit those facing Alzheimer disease, dementia, depression and mild to moderate intellectual challenges.
Being that Harbor’s Edge has all levels of care, the community prides itself in finding innovative ways to promote physical and mental wellness. With monthly Parkinson’s Support Groups, Brain Game series screenings and discussions and, most recently, a Zumba class, Harbor’s Edge makes wellness not only a priority but a fun way to keep our residents active.
Activity Director, Jean Neice of the the Holland House Senior Apartments couldn’t be more excited to bring Table Tennis to her residents and community. “Our residents have much to do, and now, thanks to PingPong.GIVES, we are able to not only offer another activity, but we’re able to also provide areas to enagage them physically, mentally and socially”, she explains.
PingPong.GIVES provided a brand new KETTLER Table Tennis, a presentation from Dr. Scott Sautter sharing the mental benefits of why one should play ping pong, followed by an exhibition of skills from Hall of Famer Dean Johnson and Founder of the Table Tennis Charity Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization.