SAN MARCOS, TX – An estimated 250 people attended Central Texas Medical Center’s (CTMC) first annual Senior Day Dance on Aug. 21. While most of the attendees were from San Marcos, guests also came from Buda, Mountain City, Austin, New Braunfels, Maxwell, Wimberley, Lockhart, Dale, Martindale, Gonzales, Kyle and Seguin.
“We were pleased to offer this healthy celebration of activity, light refreshments and a chance to expand friendships,” said CTMC Administrative Director of PR/Marketing Clay DeStefano. “We look forward to hosting more dances for area seniors in upcoming months.”
Aug. 21 is recognized as National Senior Citizens Day, which was established by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 when he called on the people of the United States to “observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.”
“Throughout our history, older people have achieved much for our families, our communities, and our country,” President Reagan said in Proclamation 5847. “That remains true today, and gives us ample reason this year to reserve a special day in honor of the senior citizens who mean so much to our land.”
Research shows that dancing promotes balance and strength, as well as memory and brain function. Besides the well-documented mental and physical benefits, dancing also encourages interpersonal relationships, an essential part of optimal wellness that is promoted in the CREATION Health principles.
CREATION Health is a faith-based health and wellness philosophy that was developed by Adventist Health System (AHS), CTMC’s parent company. The CREATION Health principles are based on biblical ideas that promote a balanced approach to achieving optimal health. The proven results of this lifestyle on wellness and longevity are extraordinary.
To learn more about the CREATION Health lifestyle, make plans to attend CTMC’s upcoming free 9-week-long CREATION Health series. The series will kick off on Thursday, Aug. 29 and take place every consecutive Thursday, concluding on Oct. 24. The classes will run from 7 to 8 p.m. at the San Marcos Seventh-day Adventist Church, located at 1523 Ranch Road 12.
For information about upcoming dances for seniors, keep visiting ctmc.org, or call the Institute for Healthy Living at (512) 753-3818. To see photos from the Senior Day Dance, view the album at Facebook.com/CentralTexasMedicalCenter.
The hospital, which originated in 1923 as Hays County Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Memorial Hospital, was restructured in 1960. The present facility was opened at its current Wonder World Drive location in 1983. The CTMC staff of more than 700 employees works with more than 220 active and consulting physicians to provide quality services to patients and their families.
In addition, over 200 community members and interns from area educational institutions volunteer their services to the hospital. In 2010, 2011 and 2012, CTMC was named The Best Hospital in Hays County. CTMC also added a certified Chest Pain Center to its ER capabilities in 2011, as well as a Certified Stroke Center in 2013. In 2012, CTMC became the first operating room along the IH-35 corridor between Austin and San Antonio to be equipped with a da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery suite.
CTMC is a member of the Adventist Health System (AHS), a not-for-profit healthcare organization that emphasizes Christ at the center of care. Founded in 1973, AHS has quickly grown to become the largest not-for-profit Protestant healthcare provider in the nation. Today, AHS supports 43 hospitals and employs 55,000 individuals. AHS hospitals are comprised of 7,700 licensed beds, providing care for 4 million patients each year in inpatient, outpatient and emergency room visits.