Cycling Without Age founder and TEDxCopenhagen co-organizer Ole Kassow will assist Lutheran Homes of Oshkosh (LHO) in launching the first Cycling Without Age movement in America on Monday, Aug. 24.
This European movement was created to enhance the quality of life for elders in senior living communities by providing free bike rides on rickshaws around the community.
Gov. Scott Walker signed a certificate of commendation to honor LHO’s inaugural Cycling Without Age event, and wished them continued good health and success in the future.
Sen. Richard Gudex, Rep. Gordon Hintz and representatives from Gov. Walker and Sen. Ron Johnson’s offices will also attend the formal ceremony to show support for the event.
Gerard Bodalski, LHO’s vice president of healthcare services, said the organization wishes to bring multiple generations together to enhance its elders’ happiness and connectivity with the Oshkosh community.
“Lutheran Homes of Oshkosh is committed to creating extraordinary experiences for our elders, their families and our employees,” Bodalski said. “This innovative, intergenerational opportunity allows our elders to take advantage of the beautiful outdoors, while celebrating their strengths.”
Kassow and Dorthe Pedersen, civil society consultant for Copenhagen Municipality, will help train volunteers on how to operate the rickshaws, ensuring a safe ride for elders.
There will be a formal ceremony starting at 10 a.m. followed by volunteer rickshaw rides for the elders of LHO at 11 a.m.
Lutheran Homes of Oshkosh (LHO), founded in 1966, is an elder care organization that has been providing health and residential services to more than 800 elders and others in need.