Good nutrition, regular exercise, staying socially connected and maintaining a positive attitude are essential to one's wellness at any age. For older adults, our local senior centers are the wellspring of healthy aging.
Many of our senior centers offer community meals that provide good food and friends. Good nutrition is important at any age. Healthy eating helps to keep your body strong and can help lower the risk for disease.
Senior centers offer a wide variety of exercise classes – yoga, tai chi, Bone Builders, dance and more – to keep you moving. Falls are a leading cause of injuries for older adults. Fortunately, they don’t have to be a part of aging. Exercise and falls prevention programs can help reduce the risk of falls and fractures.
Flexibility and balance are good for the mind as well as the body. So discover and nurture your creativity in an art, craft, music or writing class. Looking for adventure? Check out the travel opportunities offered by senior centers.
The classes and meals are only a part of the experience. They open the door to the riches of reconnecting with old acquaintances and making new friends. They help you stay connected to your community. Social connection helps us to thrive and enjoy life. Recent research shows that chronic isolation and loneliness can be harmful to our health.
Doing good is also good for you. Volunteering can help reduce depression, lessen chronic pain and give your brain a boost. So, consider leading an exercise class, delivering Meals on Wheels, or becoming a Senior Companion. Volunteer now!
Falls Free Vermont – coalition of community partners promoting falls prevention programs
Tai Chi Vermont – works with CVCOA and other community partners to promote Falls Prevention Tai Chi