Le Groupe Maurice residents: super athletes at the Défis du Parc!
A new edition of Défis du Parc took place from September 7-9 in Shawinigan. Once again this year, Le Groupe Maurice residents came out in full force to participate in this sporting event.
On Friday, September 7, 2018, hundreds of residents from the seniors’ complexes in the Quebec City area—ÉKLA, Le Gibraltar and Le Quartier Sud—and Les Jardins du Campanile in Shawinigan enthusiastically took part in the Défi de marche Groupe Maurice. This challenge, part of the larger Les Défis du Parc, was being held for the third time, and the active seniors certainly stepped up to the plate. The 3-km route, reserved for people age 60 and over, wound its way through the picture-perfect scenery of breathtaking La Mauricie National Park.
The event was an opportunity for residents to bond, support one another and forge new friendships. With an average age of 82, the more than 200 seniors in attendance cheered each other on.
Luc Maurice was also at the Défi de marche Groupe Maurice to root for the participants and award them a medal at the finish line. Le Groupe Maurice’s founder was delighted to be able to share this special occasion with the residents and all the other seniors at the event.
Le Groupe Maurice residences: En marche vers les défis
Apart from the Défis du parc, on August 25, more than 1,050 residents from Le Groupe Maurice’s walking clubs took part in the closing event of En marche vers les défis, a project that had been shaping up in the residences since last April. The event was intended as a show of solidarity for Le Groupe Maurice’s residences taking part in the Défis du Parc.
Since not everyone could attend the Défis du Parc because of its location, Le Groupe Maurice created its own event, allowing residents to take part in an active walking challenge, show their solidarity and encourage fellow seniors doing the Défis du Parc. All of Le Groupe Maurice’s walking clubs followed suit by joining En marche vers les défis, which gave everyone a boost by inspiring them to find different ways to train.
“The goal of this event, which was open to everyone, was not only to encourage participants to adopt healthier habits, but also to get them socializing, moving, and feeling like a part of the group—all core values at Le Groupe Maurice,” explained Aude Daily, recreation professional at Le Groupe Maurice.
Over the past five months, several activities have been organized in the residences to encourage “healthy aging.” The initiative even exceeded its scope as a recreational event by involving other professionals, including some of the chefs, who were only too happy to share their tips on preparing energy-boosting snacks with the residents.
Some residences even joined forces for the event. The ÉKLA, Le Quartier Sud and Le Gibraltar residences, in partnership with Desjardins, Quebec City, Adaptavie, Rest’actif and Physio Autonomie Santé, organized an unforgettable afternoon for their residents. Everyone gathered at Parc Samuel-Holland, in Quebec City, to participate in the final walk of En marche vers les défis. As an added bonus, participants could stop at booths along the way to enjoy healthy snacks and refreshing beverages prepared by their very own chefs. There was also someone on hand all afternoon to give residents information about the risk of falls. Participants then took part in a Zumba class, and the day ended with a relaxing yoga session.
Le Groupe Maurice is proud to offer its residents these activities, which encourage them to stay active and bring them a sense of accomplishment each and every day. Hats off to your boundless energy!