By Paige Sweetin, Program Manager Little House
Over the last several months, the New York Times has run a series of articles discussing the effects of social isolation on aging adults, particularly how it relates to their physical health. Research shows that the socially isolated have an increased risk of stroke and heart disease which can accelerate their cognitive decline and are twice as likely to die prematurely. While this may be news to the rest of the world, at Little House we
have always worked to help keep adults from becoming socially isolated.
Little House programs are specifically designed to keep participants physically, mentally, and socially active. While you may be coming in for a fitness or art class you are also getting a building friendships and making connections.
Our Women’s Chair Based Conditioning class is a perfect example of how participants come together for more than just fitness. As the women work out you are likely to hear conversations about books,
movies, and tv shows, interspersed with a steady stream of laughter. They celebrate each other’s birthdays and check up on each other when someone is sick. While their bodies are growing stronger they are also creating important social connections.
This class is by no means unique at Little House. Similar stories can be told for most of our programs. As Little House grows, we will continue to focus on the whole health of our participants and creating a community where everyone feels welcome.