Physical Activity: An Intervention Against Social Isolation Among Older Adults By Sean McCracken, Student Intern
In Project Eden Year 2 we began collaborating with our community partners and researching the most effective ways to address the issue of social isolation among seniors. We have made great progress in identifying interventions that are successful in reducing social isolation and feelings of loneliness.
The holidays are quickly approaching and are often a time of cheer and celebration that many look forward to. Unfortunately, it can be forgotten that not everyone has the luxury of having close friends or family to celebrate with. Social isolation among older adults is a serious issue that can be associated with adverse health outcomes. Through extensive research we have found that physical activity can act as a great intervention against isolation. Physical activity is a powerful tool that can result in positive changes regarding overall quality of life for seniors. By increasing opportunities for physical activity, older adults can form new social connections and bonds among fellow peers and members of the community. During this holiday season let’s all take time to remind the senior community how important they are to our society and our upbringing.
About the Grantee
Generations, Inc., a community development corporation, provides comprehensive, coordinated services to meet the needs of families and individuals, providing full access to necessary services for all ages. Innovations Ministries, a non-profit entity within Generations, promotes a proactive approach to personal development, lifestyle management and enhance overall well-being and quality of life.
Cohort: South 2