Hypertension, diabetes and obesity are common problems among older adults. Medical science can help through drug therapy, diet regimes and adapted exercise. But, a growing key geriatric treatment is to engage seniors in socializing through recreation.
In Milwaukee, the United Community Center is an oasis for retired Latins to get acquainted and communicate in their common language, and share in sewing and knitting.
The Senior Center is designed for wellness because many who use it are separated from family members. At the Senior Center, they can make new friend and participate in activities that help keep them functioning with a sense of well-being.
Language is a vital part of life. Environs that permits recreation to occur in the native tongue is optimal, compared to one that forces users to struggle in an unfamiliar linguistic setting.
Ana Machado, the center's coordinator told JS Online: "The goal is to keep people active and improve their well-being so that they can remain independent and maintain a good quality of life."
Center daily hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Saturday and Sundays, it's open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch is served at 11 a.m.