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Courtesy Photos / Buckner Westminster Place<br>
Elaine Beckett, a resident at Buckner Westminster Place, completes her morning stretches.
Courtesy Photos / Buckner Westminster Place
Elaine Beckett, a resident at Buckner Westminster Place, completes her morning stretches.
Elaine Beckett, a resident at Buckner Westminster Place, starts her day of with therapy exercises.
Elaine Beckett, a resident at Buckner Westminster Place, starts her day of with therapy exercises.



LONGVIEW, Texas, September 23, 2013: A 100-year-old tennis champion, an 86-year-old pole vaulter and grandmothers who play rigorous games of basketball, these are some of themotivating stories that will be shared at Buckner Westminster Place’s upcoming inspirational health celebration. These stories are from an award-winning documentary titled Age of Champions, which the community will air in recognition of National Active Aging Week. After the screening, Longview residents will share words of encouragement.  The public will hear from a 72-year-old body builder, a senior water aerobics instructor, a senior tai chi instructor and an 86-year-old fitness guru.  The event is scheduled for Wednesday, September 25 from 11 am – 1 pm and is free for anyone who wishes to attend. 


“I want to keep moving and driving as long as I can, so that is what motivates me to work out every day,” shared 86-year-old Elaine Beckett, a resident of Buckner Westminster Place. “I believe that if you do not move it (your body), you lose it. If more people exercised while they were young, they would be in better shape when they get older. Exercising is like saving money, you need to do it when you are young to have something when you are older. When you get ready to retire, it is too late to address.”


The Active Aging event will open with two testimonials from local Longview citizens, followed by the Age of Champions screening. After the screening, two more seniors, one of which is a resident at Buckner Westminster Place, will give testimonials about their experiences with active aging. During the course of the event healthy, light finger foods will be served. Specialists will also be available to answer any health questions attendees have. Additionally, Buckner Westminster Place will have free drawings for health screenings.


“I spend approximately 11 and-a-half hours exercising each week,” said Beckett. “Every morning I start my day off with 20 to 25 minutes of core exercises that were recommended by my physical therapist. I end each day with a 30 minute walk throughout the campus. Additionally, I spend three days a week participating in upper body cardio classes. I used to do more yoga and cardio, but you have to adapt to changes within your body as you age. In my youth, I thoroughly enjoyed horseback riding and step aerobics.”


Active Aging Week is celebrated September 22 through 28. Active aging requires that an individual be physically active, cognitively and socially engaged, occupationally or vocationally involved, and emotionally and spiritually healthy, according to the World Health Organization.


“It is easy to get distracted from your workout routine when you have children,” shared Woodie Terrell, a fitness instructor for Good Shepherd Healthy Living Institute. “I had put on a lot of weight after having seven kids, so I knew it was time to get back into the swing of things. I began swimming and doing aerobics again, which helped me lose 80 pounds in two years. I have been able to keep the weight off for ten years by continuing to live an active lifestyle. I now lead water aerobics, tai chi and swimming classes to encourage others to stay in shape.”


Terrell works out at least two hours every day. Terrell enjoys eating healthy in addition to living an active lifestyle. She recommends shopping at local farmers’ markets and following the Mediterranean diet.


“I love to stay busy and actually live life, which I could not do without the energy I get from exercising regularly and eating right,” said Terrell. “What you do to your body now affects you when you get older. Think ahead, do you want to weigh 300 pounds and be disabled by your own lack of motivation to move? If you are not currently active, my advice is to start simple. You cannot change your life overnight.”


Both women will be giving testimonials at the Buckner Westminster Place active aging celebration.


“As more seniors retire and health care providers promote the benefits of active aging, we look to design wellness programs and life enrichment activities that will benefit the overall health of the residents,” said Wes Wells, executive director at Buckner Westminster Place. “We invest energy and resources into exercise programs and learning opportunities to help seniors age successfully, keeping the core basics of active aging in mind. The whole community is looking forward to the upcoming Active Aging Week celebration.”


If you are interested in setting up an interview with Elaine Beckett or Woodie Terrell, or if you are interested in covering the active aging event, please email lwitt@fortegroupinc.com or call Lauren Witt at (214) 890-7912 ext. 42.



Buckner Westminster Place, a Buckner Retirement Services community, is a non-profit, faith-based senior living community offering 89 independent living apartments and patio homes for active adults aged 62 and above.  In addition, the community offers a continuum of care including 30 assisted living apartments, 25 memory care support residences and 20 private bedrooms in the Green House® homes for skilled nursing care.  Buckner Westminster Place is the only complete CCRC (continuing care retirement community) in Longview which accommodates these four levels of living and care as residents’ needs change.


Located near the Longview Mall and just minutes from area medical centers, Buckner Westminster Place gives residents a beautiful way to live.  The community includes a 16-acre lakeside setting with walking trails and spacious well-manicured grounds. 


Residents enjoy delicious dining and warm fellowship in beautifully arranged dining rooms.  The community also has an on-site life enrichment coordinator, chapel, full-time chaplain, on-site worship services, beauty/barber salon and weekly housekeeping/linen service.


A partnership with the Good Shepherd Institute for Healthy Living gives residents and staff access to a wellness center that includes classrooms, a resistance pool, a track and exercise equipment.  The community provides transportation to the wellness center.


For more information about Buckner Westminster Place, please visit the community website at www.bucknerwestminster.org or call Blake Lambert at (903) 252-6736.



Buckner Retirement Services, Inc. is one of the largest not-for-profit senior living organizations in Texas dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for senior adults and their families by promoting an active, healthy Christian lifestyle while maintaining their independence and dignity. Buckner Retirement Services is part of Buckner International, a global faith-based ministry serving more than 470,000 people each year in the United States and 18 countries worldwide.
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