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This program is offered at Pollard Memorial UMC (a partnership church). In 2011, 198 seniors participated in health and wellness classes.

The Facts:

  • Older people are more prone to loneliness and depression
  • More than any other age group, older adults are likely to be instructed to take prescription medications, which increases the likelihood that they will misuse, use erratically, or abuse those drugs.
  • Senior citizens who exercise – even if they start as late as age 85 – live longer, healthier, happier lives, according to a report in the September 14 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.


The Impacts:

  • Keeping physically active can slow the ageing process
  • It is especially important for senior citizens to maintain healthy eating habits as well as to stay active as an important way to prevent chronic illness like diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
  • Healthier living practices lead to maintaining a healthy weight, avoid depression, and stay mentally sharp.