Senior Women's Basketball Silver Medalists Share Their Insights on Healthy Aging

Aug 02, 2013, 09:00 ET from Life Line Screening

CLEVELAND, Aug. 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Four of the six ladies of the Senior Women's Basketball team, the New Mexico Cruisin' Big Dogs, have had preventive health screenings from Life Line Screening. The women share a competitive spirit, a love for basketball, and a healthy outlook on life.


Arlene Mayer, 82, Katherine Dolce, 89, Claire Hanson, 81, Barbara Loveless, 80, Ina Stewart, 81, and Mickey Sutton, 80 make up the New Mexico Cruisin' Big Dogs. The team recently competed in the National Senior Games held in Cleveland, Ohio, winning four games and losing one. They took home the silver medal.

While all of the women are over 80 years old, their outlook on health has enabled them to keep moving. The women believe that staying connected with other people by doing fun activities has helped them maintain their impressive physical shape. Walking, they added, is another great option.

A majority of the ladies have taken a proactive approach to their health through preventive health screenings. In fact, Katherine has been screened three times. Her first screening revealed a blockage in her carotid artery.

"We read about [Life Line Screening] and thought, well, we haven't had those things checked," said Mickey. "They don't check those things at the doctor's office, so we decided to get them all checked. We were both as healthy as we thought we were. But you don't always know."

Many screenings for asymptomatic health conditions (health problems that don't show symptoms) aren't covered by insurance and can therefore be quite costly. With Life Line Screening, you can undergo an affordable health screening to detect a problem, like a blocked carotid artery, before it leads to a catastrophic event, such as a stroke.

"I think it's important to do this type of thing so you catch things in time to do something about them, instead of letting it get too far," said Katherine in an interview with Life Line Screening. "I was glad I was able to catch [the carotid artery blockage] in time."

The Cruisin' Big Dogs' refreshing observation on preventive health screenings has not only provided the women with knowledge about their well-being, it's also contributed to their healthy, active lifestyles. Setting an example for all of us on the quest for healthy aging, the women offer this advice:

"Be active, eat well [and] love."

Life Line Screening (LLS) is the leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings in the United States, with screenings performed in 48 states, the United Kingdom and Australia.  Since inception in 1993, LLS has screened over 8 million people, and currently screens about 1 million people each year at more than 15,000 screening events. Life Line Screening's services include detection of heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, liver, and kidney conditions. The company website is located at

Joelle Reizes
Global Communications Director
Life Line Screening

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