Try New Things

As we age, we may become reluctant to try new things. Some people are set in their ways or uncomfortable trying a certain food, hobby, or exercise routine that they aren’t used to. While it’s good to know what you do and do not like, it’s important to focus on the many positive benefits of trying something new. Just ask Shell Point resident Paul Peterson!

Paul Peterson

This avid baseball and hockey fan, world traveler, and fitness enthusiast rode a Quad All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) for the first time at the age of 85. Paul admits that he looked at this as a new adventure – learning a skill that was both fun and adventurous. With his 86th birthday coming up next month, Paul remains committed to an active, fit lifestyle and relies on Shell Point’s LifeQuest wellness program for support.

A regular LifeQuest participant, Paul sets goals to make sure he is living a balanced, active lifestyle. He rarely misses 8 a.m. fitness classes with Shell Point fitness trainer Michelle Tompkins to stay in shape, and takes yearly Senior Fit Tests to gauge his success. One year, he scored above average on all segments of his Senior Fit Test, and his wife framed the results to show his doctor as proof. As he continues meeting his LifeQuest goals, Paul admits he may even try Quad riding again!

LifeQuest, Shell Point’s wellness initiative, often offers programs that include the general public. Find a listing of upcoming opportunities, including educational Academy classes, by visiting