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Pickup Pickleball

Are you in a pickle about exercise? Try pickleball, a hybrid of badminton and tennis that is all the rage at retirement communities and state Senior Games. “It’s good exercise, easy to learn and fun,” says David Johnson, media relations chair for the USA Pickleball Association. “It can be played indoors or outdoors, singles or doubles, is easy for beginners to learn but can develop into a fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players.” The game, played with a whiffle ball and large paddles, will be celebrated June 1-7 during International Pickleball Week. The sport is named for a co-inventor’s dog.

Take a Seat

Spirit Airlines is the latest airline to join the trend of “pre-reclined,” nonadjustable seats aboard its aircraft. Allegiant Airlines and Air France already are using the stationary seats. Although touted as lighter, fuel-saving wonders, the seats could prove troublesome for fliers, especially those with back problems. “Passengers over 50 may have less core body strength that allows the body to flex forward at the waist. This will make it more difficult for seniors to rise from the seat at the end of the flight or to get about the cabin,” says Robert A. Hayden, spokesman for the American Chiropractic Association. Hayden recommends passengers facing long flights take a walk to the restroom every hour, “even if they don’t go in.”

A Nun at Last

She is one of the newest nuns at All Saints Greek Orthodox Monastery in Calverton, N.Y., and, at 92, the oldest. Chrystalla Petropoulou recently received her black habit, fulfilling a longtime dream that had been delayed by life challenges and health problems. Her new religious name: Sister Patience. “She can’t do physical work,” Abbess Soteini, head of the monastery, says of her charge, who sat in a wheelchair during the induction ceremony. “But what she offers is to spend days in prayer and reading the Bible and hymns of the church. In that way, she offers something to God and to us.”

Mike Tucker is a writer in Virginia.

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