So, I wrote a little about multigenerational families and communities. This time I wanted to highlight some of the great and wonderful things seniors are getting into. Many agencies discuss the rising number of seniors, aged 60-years-of-age and older, highlighting the challenges faced with meeting the ever-increasing needs of the population. Well, this post will not present a fix for these challenges. However, I am so excited to highlight some of the wonderful activities that active seniors have created and engage in to stay active. We are not talking about shuffleboard and bingo, people. The days of playing solitaire and bridge with your friends is a cool down day for many seniors these days.
Seniors are coming together to stay active. Most community centers have engaging senior programs that include water aerobics, swimming, Zumba classes. Yes! You read correctly, there are seniors that maintain better health than their much younger counterparts. I mean, I watched some seniors really getting it, and I was sweating watching them move. It was truly inspirational. One of the things I gathered from talking to seniors included: 1) Watch what you’re putting in your body. Too much of anything is not good for you. Fruits, vegetables, and more water people. 2) Get some rest. 8-10 hours is the recommended amount of rest to operate at an optimal level. 3) Learn to relax. There are millions of things we can stress about, the question is determining how many of those things are in our control. 4) Live for the moments that make you laugh, smile, and enjoy life.
Now, there are seniors that are unable to be active. This group may present a different set of issues. Some face challenges with physical and mental health challenges that require part- or full-time living assistance. Even with the increased need for trained and empathetic professionals to work with the population, many universities and community agencies have developed programs to reduce victimization of vulnerable seniors by sharing information and resources. So…each one, teach one. As always do your research, and when you can, volunteer. Check out the attached links, and learn about the amazing developments in your area.
Until next time,