The Well-Being Journal

It's never too late to start exercising

Jennifer Rudloff

Physical activity is important to people of all ages - it helps us control weight, combat health conditions and diseases, improves mood, boosts energy, and promotes better sleep. It also helps to combat aging by improving strength, flexibility, balance and endurance which helps enable people to live happier, healthier, more independent lives. And when exercise becomes a social activity – it encourages new friendships, and adds an extra element of fun.

Well the seniors of Wheat Ridge have no shortage of friends to have fun with SilverSneakers® style. With more than 5,200 eligible Silver Sneakers members living within a five-mile radius, this community is invested in health. Learn more about this program, hear instructors talk about the program components, and get a sneak peak at some of the classes in action.

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Topics: Healthy Living Exercise Aging Fitness Seniors Prevention Silver Sneakers Healthways

With Well-Being, Experience Counts: Americans 65+ are Thriving

Jennifer Rudloff

Want to reduce the sadness, stress, and worry in your lives? Listen to your elders, they seem to have the keys to improved well-being.

According to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index® (WBI), Americans over the age of 65 consistently achieve higher well-being scores than other age groups. They’re scoring higher than their younger counterparts on a number of metrics; perhaps most notably is their emotional health. More than any other age group, Americans over the age of 65 feel they are learning or doing interesting things every day, and feel that they’re treated with respect. Additionally they experience less sadness, stress, and worry daily.

You might ask, why? Should we credit their experience and more realistic expectations? Have they more courage to follow their passions while others may be following the paycheck? Or do they simply find more joy in each day? Ben Leedle, President and CEO of Healthways talks about lessons learned from the well-being of an aging population and findings from the WBI in an article recently published in USA Today.

For a deeper dive on the Well-Being Index and related findings listen to Joy Cardin’s interview with John Harris on Wisconsin Public Radio. John talks about findings from the Well-Being Index and related demographics, discusses lessons for better living, and explains the impact well-being has on our nation.



The podcast is also available for download here.

Topics: In the News Ben Leedle John Harris Aging Well-Being Index USA Today Healthways Keys to Well-Being Elders Well-Being