Sitka’s Senior Walking Group to start weekly hikes beginning on June 3

Walking Group participant poster

The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Elder Physical Activity Program is teaming up with Southeast Alaska Independent Living (SAIL) and the Sitka Pioneer Home to host weekly hikes for elders. The first hike will be from 10:15-11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 3, at the Sitka National Historical Park totem trails.

This group is designed so elders can get healthy physical activity, but family members and caregivers are encouraged to join the free hikes. The first few will be at the Sitka National Historical Park, but later they will move to other mostly flat trails in town, such as the Sitka Sea Walk and through the streets of downtown Sitka. When the group starts using other trails, the SAIL activity van will be available to pick people up and take them to the trail for a $5 fee.

Elders with canes, crutches and walkers are welcome, and trekking poles will be provided for those who need them. These weekly hikes are low-key and relaxed, and they are for elders of all skills and fitness levels. Hikers are encouraged to bring a bag lunch and join the group for a picnic after the hike.

For more information, contact Emily Reilly at SEARHC at 966-8866, Skye Workman at the Sitka Pioneer Home at 747-2103, or Alli Gabbert of SAIL at 747-6859. Also, volunteers are needed for the program.