Emotional isolation and physical inactivity are two of the biggest problems facing the growing senior citizen population. Fortunately, there are some ways to address both these issues in a single program.
It is ironic that in a society where instant communication is the norm, many of us feel very isolated. That’s especially true among seniors, as 43 percent of folks over 60 say they feel lonely almost every day. While there is a considerable gap between feeling lonely and feeling as though there is no joy in life, isolation is the first step on a path that ends in a very dark place. In fact, this same study concluded that lonely seniors have a 45 percent higher risk of death.