Did you know that remaining socially engaged and connected can improve your quality of life? It’s also associated with better mental and physical health. According to psychologist Julianne Holt-Lunstad of Brigham Young University, “being connected to others socially is widely considered a fundamental human need—crucial to both well-being and survival.”
As we get older we can expect to experience significant changes such as retirement, moving to a new area, changes in health status or mobility or the loss of a loved one that can impact our ability to stay connected. These events can result in a loss of connection which can cause you to become isolated or feel lonely, or both—and a lack of connection can also impact caregivers. The COVID-19 pandemic intensified feelings of loneliness and isolation for us all, further demonstrating the importance of staying connected to others and our communities. Participating in activities such as volunteering, arts programs, lifelong learning, intergenerational activities or technology projects are just a few of the ways to stay connected and active in our communities.
The Greater Scranton YMCA offers programs like Silver Sneakers, Arthritis Water Exercise, Senior Yoga, Dare to Chair and more to keep older adults healthy, both physically and mentally. If you are interested in learning more about social and physical engagement opportunities in our community, contact Brandon Whipple, Wellness Director at the Greater Scranton YMCA, at [email protected] or call (570) 828-3116. You can also visit the Greater Scranton YMCA’s website.