Most Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America communities offer a wide varieties of group activities. These include art classes, bridge games, golf tournaments, polka lessons, water aerobics, book clubs, fishing and exercise centers for swimming or rowing. Other programs may include weekly coffee meetings, monthly “Lunch Bunch with Health Wise 55,” weekly spiritual services for all faiths, “Out to Eat” trips twice a month, shopping trips twice a week and a variety of special occasion trips throughout the year. No matter where you live, from whistle-stop towns to bustling cities, chances are seniors are somewhere having fun and fellowship. Check your community’s resources for senior centers and services.
Not only do group activities make the world a better place, they also improve brain function — and even sleep for older adults. According to a study by Northwestern University, “many of the health changes associated with aging, including the decline in sleep and cognitive abilities, can be attributed to sedentary lifestyles and social disengagement among older individuals,” the Northwestern research concluded.