ACTIVITIES AND EXERCISE

Socialization and recreation are an important part of maintaining a healthy aging lifestyle. We strongly encourage you to maintain social connections and reach out to others during this trying time.  If you are experiencing difficulties during social isolation please reach out to our office and we can provide you with connections to ease loneliness and isolation.  Call 970-879-0633.

According to Lisa Berman, one of the authors of the study, published in the July 2008 edition of the American Journal of Public Health, “social participation and integration have profound effects on the health and well-being of people during their lifetimes. We know from previous studies that people with many social ties have lower mortality rates. We now have mounting evidence that strong social networks can help to prevent declines in memory.”

A study published in a 2009 edition of the Archives of Internal Medicine found that social activity is as important as exercise for seniors. They discovered that in addition to exercise, being socially active was important in order for seniors to maintain muscle strength, speed and dexterity into old age. Volunteer work, attending sporting and social events and even visiting friends and relatives all helped to maintain good physical health. In fact, they found that physical decline was around one-third more rapid among those who were socially inactive, even if they exercised.

EXERCISE

The Council on Aging sponsors exercise classes in coordination with the Northwest Colorado Health.  All exercise classes are discontinued until further notice.  Please continue to be physically active in your home or go for walks and get fresh air.  See our newsletter for exercises to do at home.

FOOT CARE AND WELLNESS CLINICS

The Council on Aging sponsors foot care and wellness clinics in coordination with the Northwest Colorado Health.  All wellness clinics and foot care are discontinued until further notice.

BINGO and BRIDGE

All Bingo, Bridge games and group social activities are discontinued until further notice.