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Eastcastle Place and Newcastle Place Celebrate, Extend "Active Aging Week"

Sept. 15, 2010

According to a 2009 study featured on the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA)’s website, older adults who engage in any amount of exercise live longer and maintain a lower risk of disability.


In an ongoing effort to promote active senior living, Milwaukee Protestant Home, Inc. (MPH, Inc.) is extending “Active Aging Week,” held annually during the last week of Sept., by inviting seniors to attend a series of health and fitness-related presentations during the entire month of Sept.


Held at Eastcastle Place in Milwaukee and Newcastle Place in Mequon—two vibrant senior living communities operated by MPH, Inc.—the month-long celebration will include healthy cooking demonstrations and provide participants with several tips for achieving and maintaining healthier lifestyles.


“We constantly strive to make active aging a year-round priority at Eastcastle and Newcastle Place,” said Matt Furno, President and CEO of MPH, Inc. “Retiring from work does not mean retiring from life, and by extending ‘Active Aging Week,’ we hope to emphasize the importance of staying active not only within our own communities, but the surrounding area as well.”


Open to the public and free to attend, the presentations at Eastcastle and Newcastle Place begin Sept. 1 and address both seniors’ physical and emotional needs.


Said Becky Willett, MPH, Inc. Director of Aquatics and Fitness, “When creating the series, we wanted a mixture of presentations that included the light-hearted and entertaining topics to the informational ones. We’re really looking forward to opening our doors to the community and making a positive and healthy impact in seniors’ lives.”


Below is the complete schedule of presentations, as well as addresses for both communities. For more information about the events or to make a reservation, contact Becky Willett at 262-387-8840.


Eastcastle Place Newcastle Place

2505 E. Bradford Ave 12600 N. Port Washington Road

Milwaukee, WI 53211 Mequon, WI 53092



Newcastle Place: Thurs., Sept. 23 at 3:00 p.m. in the Chapel


Katie Schmidt from Aurora Healthcare will talk about the signs and symptoms of a stroke, and what you should do if you think you or a loved one may be having a stoke.


“Exercise and Brain Health”

Eastcastle Place: Tues., Sept. 14 from 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. in the Club Room (event will include wellness breakfast)

Newcastle Place: Mon., Sept. 20 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel


Dr. Carson Smith from UWM will be talking about the groundbreaking work he and his research teams are doing on this important topic. He will discuss the benefits of exercise on brain function and introduce his research project.


“Foods That Make You Young”

Eastcastle Place: Tues., Sept. 14 at 2:00 p.m. in Independent Dining Room

Newcastle Place: Mon., Sept. 13 at 3:00 p.m. in Independent Dining Room


Ponce de Leon sailed the world in search of the fountain of youth and came up empty! But ingredients for living a longer, healthier life are actually right in your kitchen or favorite grocery store. Hospitality Services Director Denice Nycz will explain how good nutrition slows aging, prevents disease and enriches life.


“Love Letters”

Eastcastle Place: Wed., Sept. 15 and Tues., Sept. 21 at 7:00 p.m. in Lindsey Hall:


If you were gone or became incapacitated, could your loved ones find your will, social security number, the passwords to your computer, or your insurance accounts? The inventory of information you compile in a Family Love Letter could make all the difference to a traumatized and confused family trying to fulfill your final wishes. Richard J. Trinitapoli, CLU, Managing Partner of AXA-Advisors/Paramount Financial Strategies, will talk about the importance of these love letters, and how to create them.


“Humor and Aging”

Eastcastle Place: Wed., Sept. 29 at 1:30 p.m. in Lindsey Hall

Newcastle Place: Wed., Sept. 15 at 1:30 p.m. in the Chapel


Father John Naus was ordained as a Jesuit Priest in 1955, has taught at Marquette University since 1953 and still serves as Chaplain for 460 students. He taught a course “Philosophy and Aging,” which prompted him to attend Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Clown School in Venice, Fla. eight times. Professionally known as “Tumbleweed the Clown,” Fr. Naus will share his sense of humor and talk about the importance of humor in aging.


For a complete listing of monthly events at Eastcastle Place and Newcastle Place, visit their websites at and


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