For Senior Citizens, Well-being Linked to Time Spent With Family

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“Come back soon” is a common request from seniors when their families depart after a get-together. A new survey of 1,500 seniors indicates that some seniors’ health and well-being may depend, in part, on how much time they spend with their extended families.

The survey commissioned by the National Council on Aging and Humana INC. (NYSE:HUM) also found that:
>> 90 percent of seniors feel revitalized when they spend time with family
>> 70 percent wish they saw their family more often
>> 45 percent believe their family doesn’t hold reunions often enough
>> 30 percent saw themselves as the “connector” in the family—meaning they believe their role is to encourage communication among family members
 

Senior citizens are also leading a physically active lifestyle, as 80 percent reported exercising 30 minutes at least once a week, and seven in ten reported that they exercise for 30 minutes at least three times a week.

In addition, many senior citizens expressed interest in a multigenerational playground and reunion space where their family can gather, be active, and build memories together.

Reflectiong seniors’ wants and needs, Humana is parterning this fall with KaBOOM! to build eight multigenerational playgrounds in major cities across the United States.

“A growing need exists for safe, multigenerational recreation spaces that benefit all ages, including grandparents, parents and children,” says Lynn Beattie, vice president, injury prevention, at the National Council on Aging. “In addition to providing fun and accessible family reunion sites, the fitness stations can serve older adults throughout the year as a safe place to exercise, which is a core strategy for reducing falls and promoting healthy aging.”

Playgrounds will be built in Seattle; New Orleans; Greensboro, N.C.; Albuquerque, N.M.; Tucson, Ariz.; Nashville, Orlando and San Antonio from today through early December. Each playground will be designed by local residents and include traditional, kid-friendly equipment such as slides and monkey bars as well as features such as senior-focused fitness stations. The playgrounds will also feature family reunion gathering areas to inspire family picnics and get-togethers.

For more information about Humana, go to www.humana.com
For more information about KaBoom!, go to www.kaboom.org
For more information about the National Council on Aging, go to www.ncoa.org