As more residents of Clay, Platte and Ray counties mirror national trends by approaching retirement age, more options are being developed for their health and quality of life. Current trends show people over the age of 60 do more than simply impact local census numbers. They also account for an increasing percentage of participants in community service, faithbased organizations, online social networking, as well as arts and recreational groups. Emily Roper-Parsons, Tri-County Older Adult Outreach Coordinator, noted that this kind of activity is good for communities and for older adults themselves. “Lifelong participation in social, creative, and physical activities has proven health benefits, including retaining mobility, muscle mass, and cognitive abilities,” she explained. “Older adults are not the only ones who benefit from their engagement in community life. Studies show their interactions with family, friends, and neighbors enrich the lives of everyone involved.” As large numbers of baby boomers reach retirement age, many Northland communities have increased their efforts to provide meaningful opportunities for older adults—, many of whom remain physically and socially active through their 80s and beyond. Tri-County’s Older Adult Services are another part of that trend, providing services, support and resources to older residents throughout Clay, Platte and Ray counties. The services include free presentations on older adult topics such as depression, anxiety, coping and related topics. For more information or to schedule a presentation with your group, contact Emily Roper-Parsons, MS, LPC, at email@example.com or 816.877.0453.
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