Skip to main content

Massachusetts eldercare expert pushes active aging

August 6, 2012

Many aspects of senior living have changed over the years, and one of the areas where that has been most noticeable is the activities offered at assisted living facilities. One Massachusetts activity therapist in particular is helping encourage seniors to reap the benefits of healthy aging, The Boston Globe reports.

Julie Wade works with seniors in Dedham, Massachusetts, and has found that even the oldest adults are helping reshape views of aging. In particular, she says that while some people might assume seniors are content to enjoy a leisurely lifestyle, nothing could be further from the truth.

"You don't see many 90-year-old woman playing field hockey in a chair, but they'll be laughing and hooting and hollering,' she told the Globe. "No matter how old, there are always life lessons to share."

Seniors have jumped on the active aging trend in a number of different ways, and one of the most popular options has been through pickleball. The unique sport, a combination of tennis, ping pong and badminton, has caught on among the over-50 crowd because it offers them a competitive outlet while still being easy on older joints, reports.