Staying at Home vs Getting Involved
I don’t know anyone. There is nothing for me to do. I don’t have transportation. I will miss my favorite TV show. My pet will be lonely without me…
The list of excuses of why not to get involved can go on and on. But the benefits will always out weigh the excuses. According to the Yale Medical Group, “Specific health benefits of social interaction in older adults include: potentially reduced risk for cardiovascular problems, some cancers, osteoporosis, and rheumatoid arthritis; potentially reduced risk for Alzheimer’s disease; lower blood pressure; reduced risk for mental health issues such as depression.” Yale Medical Group (2012). Older Adults and the Importance of Social Interaction. Retrieved September 24, 2012 from http://www.yalemedicalgroup.org/stw/Page.asp?PageID=STW037188.
The Active Adult/60+ programs at the Erie Community Center offer many opportunities to get involved and reap the benefits of social interaction. There are free and very low charge drop in programs, a nutritional lunch, free entertainment, day trips, special events, art & general interest classes, free educational talks, sports, fitness, SilverSneakers® and partnership programs such as free hearing and vision screenings, Medicare counseling and foot care clinics. There are also opportunities to volunteer. Erie Active Adults are here and help bring fun, fitness, friendship, and of course, social interactions to you!
For more information on programs offered, contact Cindy Gerhardt at 303.929.2795, or visit www.ErieParksandRec.com.
Active Adults Coordinator
Town of Erie
Parks & Recreation Department
450 Powers Street
Erie, CO 80516