Dr. Tom Soper, resident of The Mather in Evanston, warms up during exhibition play at a recent table tennis event.Photo courtesy of the Mater

The exhibition was hosted in advance of this October’s LeadingAge Denver conference, where Mather LifeWays will sponsor a table tennis tournament for its Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) residents.

Table tennis has been called the world’s best brain sport. Research shows that individuals over 40 years of age are 50 percent less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease if they exercise twice or more a week for at least 30 minutes at a time.

“Table tennis is a great way for older adults to remain physically and mentally active,” said Kathryn Brod, vice president of Senior Living Strategic Initiatives, Mather LifeWays.

Residents Tom and Joan Soper have been enthusiastic proponents of the sport and are pleased to have a growing number of between 20 and 30 regular participants in twice-weekly scheduled table tennis matches. The Sopers’ adult children and grandchildren also participate in friendly matches when they visit, and Dr. Tom Soper is expected to compete at October’s LeadingAge event.