Have you heard someone you know talk about their Tai Chi class? Maybe a friend is taking yoga, or attending water aerobics. These classes are commonly available at local recreation centers or care facilities, and can make such a difference in the daily life of a loved one.
While not exclusively for seniors, many of these types of activities are well-suited to the changing physical qualities of the older adult. A sedentary lifestyle can be very limiting, in terms of socializing as well as strength and well-being. Many dance, water aerobics, and yoga classes can be modified to help people of any physical ability. Not only will strength and balance be improved, but exercise will renew the mind as well as the body.
It is not difficult to find the right program for yourself or a loved one; a great place to start is your local Recreation Center – Olympia, Tacoma and most other large cities have a public rec center for city residents, and many towns also have facilities designed specifically for seniors and their unique needs.
The next time you are at the local library or community center, look for the class catalog for the nearby parks and recreation course catalog. Who knows – maybe you will meet your next great friend in a ballroom dance class, or learn to clear your mind while stretching your limbs.