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Tubing Away on a Perfect Summer Day

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Bethany Village, a Mechanicsburg, Pa., retirement community has a unique, holistic wellness program.

On July 17, Bethany Village residents took advantage of a perfect summer day by heading out for their annual afternoon of tubing on Yellow Breech's Creek. For several hours, 25 residents floated their cares away in inner tubes, cheered on by a few spectators who came along to enjoy the root beer floats that traditionally follow the run.

This is the ninth year for the popular excursion, and there was much good-natured splashing between residents, wellness staff members and teenagers who volunteered or joined as family guests.

“It is so much fun to see the big grins and hear everyone laughing and splashing around,” says Sandy Reid, Director of Wellness at Bethany Village. “It could be a group of kids out there, and except for lending someone a hand to get up from the tube once in a while, you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference.

"Society still has a lot of misconceptions about what ‘older people’ can do or are willing to do. It’s nice to show people the truth.”

Each winter, Bethany Village heads out for a different type of tubing, taking over the snow tubing slopes at nearby Ski Roundtop. The oldest participants are in their 90s.

But on this day, no one  worried one bit about staying warm and dry.

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