A Duluth, Minnesota assisted living community got a day of fishing courtesy of a local group that offers such trips to senior citizens.
The Duluth News Tribune reported that Wesley Residence Assisted Living residents were taken out by Lets Go Fishing at the Spirit Lake Marina on Wednesday. The excursion was a welcome activity to people like Gordon Garrett, who fondly remembers trips such as this when he was younger.
"We used to do a lot of fishing here when I lived in West Duluth," the 85-year-old told the news source.
"We started at the Arrowhead Bridge and went toward town."
According to the Liz Kranz, a volunteer for Lets Go Fishing, the trips usually result in generally improving the mood of those who go on them, such as when a man sat in the front of the boat and smiled the entire time.
"One of the staff told me later, 'That's the first time we've seen that man smile,'" Kranz told the source.
An active lifestyle is one of the biggest solutions to depression in senior citizens. The Los Angeles Times reported that depressed elderly account for nearly one fifth of the population of older adults in the United States.