Famously, Jane Brody provides some pithy advice that we all understand but find it hard to put into practice, “The secret to successful aging is to recognize one’s issues and adapt accordingly.” Physical activity is well-known for improving our quality of life on so many levels. So let’s consider what stops us from getting the level of activity that will help keep us physically fit and mentally sharp.
A new paper from Mather Institute gives some insight into why the “majority of older adults—many of whom understand the importance of physical activity for their ongoing health and independence—do not participate in regular activity.” A few items from the report might help to spark ideas for your setting.
Whatever activity you choose, it needs to be interesting and fun for the participants. As we work toward getting our own in-person health and education programs back open, you can find low-impact, online options for in-home exercise on our website through our alliance with Mather.
Our site also provides a wide variety of resources on aging, active engagement, provider and caregiver education, and information about ASI programs in Archuleta County, as well as contact information for making reservations at The Community Café for take-out and for Meals on Wheels.