55 Plus: Active body, active mind

Classes, exercise invigorate seniors' bodies and spirits


April 26, 2023

Scott Swanson

Sweet Home's community pool is a hopping place, with seniors who take advantage of it for lap-swimming and other exercise Monday through Friday.

The value of hobbies for seniors is undeniable.

A 2014 study published in the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology found that employees who engaged in creative hobbies outside of work were more creative on work projects and had a better attitude on the job, while a separate study published in Psychosomatic Medicine in 2009 reported that individuals who engaged in enjoyable leisure activities had lower blood pressure and a smaller waist circumference.

The myriad benefits of hobbies is good news for seniors, many of whom have ample time for leisure activities. Whether senio...

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