Senior Well-being: The Importance of Staying Physically and Socially Active

Posted by Heather McCallum on Jan 24, 2012 9:30:00 AM

Senior well-beingby Heather McCallum – Activities Director

A while back, Scientific American reported on a study that linked inactivity to the aging process. In part, the study reported that: "A sedentary lifestyle increases the propensity to aging-related disease and premature death," researchers at King's College London report today in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine. "Inactivity may diminish life expectancy not only by predisposing to aging-related diseases but also because it may influence the aging process itself."

As important as physical activity and exercise are to slowing down the aging process, social engagement is critical for quality of life as we age. The Public Health Agency of Canada reports that: “Social connectedness has a positive effect on health. People who remain actively engaged in life and connected to those around them are generally happier, in better physical and mental health, and more empowered to cope effectively with change and life transitions.”

In short, seniors that are active and involved are healthier and happier. Obviously it’s important that seniors have appropriate opportunities to interact with others. And not every activity is right for every senior. That’s why it’s important that a quality retirement community have a wide variety of physical and social activities to meet the varied needs of their residents.

It’s why we here at Daystar Retirement Village in Seattle offer so many different kinds of physical and social activities for our residents. Here’s a sampling of the kinds of activities our residents engage in on a regular basis:

  • Bridge games with friends
  • Working out with our exercise equipment
  • Shopping trips in the Seattle area
  • Visits to historical sites in and around Seattle
  • Attending a guest speaker's presentation at Daystar
  • Walking clubs that take advantage of our beautiful park-like grounds and paths
  • Age-appropriate exercise classes
  • Tai Chi fitness programs
  • Games of pool in our dedicated pool table room
Of course not every engaging activity needs to be scheduled. Often our residents take advantage of our beautiful gardens and grounds, our inviting parlors, dayrooms and recreation rooms, or our tearoom and garden atrium for spontaneous get-togethers. Drop us a note if you’d like more information about the ways we help our residents stay active, healthy, and happy.

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