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Disc Golf and Seniors, A Perfect Match

Elderly Care in Port St. Lucie FL

Today, more than ever, seniors are watching their finances. With an uncertain economy, questions looming about the future of Social Security, and a highly-charged political climate in a Elderly-Care-in-Port-St.-Lucie-FLpresidential election year, even the savviest of seniors may be living paycheck to paycheck. Yet wellness and health prevention are considered priorities for them, too.

There are many ways for today’s seniors to get important exercise. Among them, disc golf ranks right up there for adults 55 and older—mainly because, in addition to being fun, it is inexpensive and great exercise.  But what exactly is disc golf?

According to the Professional Disc Golf Association, “Disc golf is played much like traditional golf. Instead of a ball and clubs, however, players use a flying disc, or Frisbee®. The sport was formalized in the 1970’s, and shares with “ball golf” the object of completing each hole in the fewest number of strokes (throws). A golf disc is thrown from a tee area to a target which is the “hole”. The hole can be one of a number of disc golf targets; the most common is called a Pole Hole® an elevated metal basket. As a player progresses down the fairway, he or she must make each consecutive shot from the spot where the previous throw has landed. The trees, shrubs, and terrain changes located in and around the fairways provide challenging obstacles for the golfer. Finally, the “putt” lands in the basket and the hole is complete.”

Disc golf is a great sport for seniors because they don’t have to be concerned about the formality of tee times and score cards; they don’t have to rent pull or electric carts; and there are no greens fees to pay. It can be played year-round, as opposed to regular golf, which—in many parts of the country—can only be played when weather is warm enough and there is no snow on the ground.

From an exercise standpoint, disc golf provides upper and lower body conditioning, aerobic exercise, and promotes a combination of physical and mental abilities that allow very little risk of physical injury. Concentration skills are also increased as players try to master shots and negotiate obstacles. Another good thing about disk golf is that players of limited fitness levels can start slowly and gradually increase their level of play as fitness and strength improve.

If you’re providing elderly care for someone who wants to get started playing disc golf, they can probably do so for about $10 to $20. To find the nearest disc golf “course,” search the Internet or check with your local senior center.

If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Port St. Lucie, FL, please contact the caring staff at Atlantic In-Home Care today. Call (772) 202-3006 for information.