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The premier senior adaptive rehabilitation program
in the United States and the only national
multi-event sports and recreational seniors’
competition program designed to improve the
quality of life for all aging Veterans, including those
with a wide range of abilities and disabilities.
The National Veterans Golden Age Games (NVGAG)is one of the most progressive and adaptive rehabilitative senior sports programs in the world. The Games serve as a qualifying event for competition in the National Senior Games in a number of competitive events.
Military Veterans who were Honorably Discharged and are age 55 or older who receive health care at any VA medical facility are eligible to compete in the National Veterans Golden Age Games.
Sports and fitness are vital ingredients of VA’s National Rehabilitation Special Events. Physical activity and friendly competition engage the mind as well as the body, and recreation therapy fills a special need in the lives of older patients at VA health centers across the country. VA research and clinical experience verify that physical activity is particularly important to the health, recovery and overall quality of life for older people. The National Veterans Golden Age Games encourage VA patients over the age of 55 to make physical activity a central part of their lives, and support VA’s comprehensive recreation and rehabilitation therapy programs. It is a national showcase for the preventive and therapeutic value of sports, fitness and recreation for all older Americans.
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