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Gatherings Bring Health for Older Adults

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Older adults gather weekdays in Richmond’s Senior Center to socialize and reminisce. Tri-County Mental Health Services Older Adult Educator Becky Franklin (center) recently joined the group to discuss strategies for healthy aging.

Older adults at a Northland senior center recently took important steps to maintain their health: They shared stories from their lives and loved ones, discovered unknown family connections and cherished memories.

Reminiscing might not seem like therapy, but sharing recollections can in fact help maintain physical and mental health, noted Becky Franklin, Tri-County Mental Health Services Older Adult Educator. “Getting older is a challenge,” she explained. “But it’s also a time to relax and enjoy life. This process is known as “life review” and is a chance to reflect back on one’s life in an effort to see value, worth and purpose from over a lifetime. One of the great things about a group like this is that they can share memories with each other.”

Franklin was visiting Richmond’s Senior Center to offer advice on strategies for healthy aging. She said the group is an excellent example of what communities can do to ensure citizens have healthy lives at all ages.

“Groups like this are great places for people to stay active and connected,” she said. “It’s enjoyable and it’s also healthy.”

Several participants agreed. “We have a lot of fun talking about old times,” Margorie Outersky said. “It’s really enjoyable. What’s also nice is they (the city of Richmond) have a transportation program so all of us can get here. That really helps.”

Others in her group were Carolyn Lee, Madeline Weatherington and Doris “Doc” Smith, who also cited the group’s value. “We have a lot of fun,” Smith said. “You really look forward to coming every day.”

For further information on Tri-County and its programs, call (816) 468-0400 or visit www.tri-countymhs.org.

Content courtesy Dale Garrison of DGInform.com.

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