The key to a healthy life as a senior (both mentally and physically) is staying active and socially connected to others. Research has proven this over and over again. In fact, it is recommended that senior individuals get at least 30 minutes of physical activity almost every day of the week. Additionally, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, “higher levels of education appear to be somewhat protective against Alzheimer’s.” All research supports the need for seniors to continuously seek opportunities for education, social interaction, and physical activity.
However, for seniors who are already living on financial assistance programs, finding the funds to participate in these activities can be almost impossible. Thankfully, there are excellent opportunities offered in and around Sarasota for low-income seniors. Take a look at some of the programs that help meet the needs of seniors living on assistance programs.
While it can be challenging to find local organizations that offer free educational classes for seniors, there are excellent opportunities for learning and growth right here in the community. A number of local organizations provide free ways for seniors to continue their education. The Ringling Museum of Art offers free admission every Monday, allowing seniors to learn about and discover breathtaking pieces of work. Additionally, individuals can visit and rent books from the Selby Library at no cost. Throughout Sarasota County, local seniors can also read books at no cost from the Little Free Libraries that are available in 13 different locations.
Social and exercise classes
For seniors currently living on assistance programs in Florida, there are community programs that offer free or low-cost classes to keep seniors physically and mentally active. At The Friendship Center activities center (located at 1888 Brother Geenen Way in Sarasota), seniors can register for a number of engaging exercise programs and social events. Programs offered include dance classes, bingo, yoga, Tai Chi, mahjong, and more. In addition to the classes offered by Friendship Centers, this organization also provides meals and health care to those who meet the established financial guidelines.
Helping Sarasota seniors stay healthy
Seniors of all income levels must have a way to stay social, stay learning, and stay active to maintain proper health. In Sarasota County, seniors who depend on financial assistance programs can take advantage of the free and low-cost programs available throughout the surrounding area. Whether choosing a social event, an exercise class, or a local learning opportunity, there are excellent ways for seniors to stay both physically and mentally active.
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