For many senior citizens, inability, or uneasiness about going outdoors in the cold and snow constricts them to their home, magnifying the lackluster feel of the season. Additionally, at this stage of life, they are likely living alone or with just one other person, often lacking the simplest day-to-day chatter.
Socialization is an impactful factor that can turn desolation into delight. Sometimes we are the only people who see your loved ones in the week. While they may not be ready for the idea of exercising, they might like the idea of some coffee and conversation. This isn’t the forever picture. This is the initial process to allow someone new to come through those doors to tell them how we can make their life better. Eventually, they will look forward to the exercises we bring to the table.
Believe it or not, even a small amount of socialization during the golden years, such as heading to a social coffee hour, can multiply the quality of life in a big way.
A 2011 Gallup poll reported, “The more time Americans spend socially with family and friends, the more likely they are to report enjoyment and happiness in their lives without a lot of stress and worry. Overall, Americans’ self-reported mood improves with each hour of social time they spend in a day, up to about seven hours. Though the relationship is present among all age groups, Americans aged 65 and older are more likely than their younger counterparts to maintain a positive mood with fewer hours of social time.”
Fitness 4 Function provides functional fitness and exercise training, and socialization programs for seniors and older adults on the Northside of Indianapolis, including Fishers, Carmel, Noblesville, Westfield, and surrounding areas. Contact us to learn more about our in-home exercise programs.