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Get Social With Seniors

by: Maria Luque, PhD

Functional Aging

Group exercises help older clients fight isolation and stay with their fitness programs.

Fitness pros working with our graying population deal with the physical and cognitive losses of aging every day. But what about the social losses?

Aging is not just muscle and bone loss, weaker eyesight, and slower reaction times. It’s also retirement, bereavement and empty-nest syndrome. These fundamental shifts in the lifestyles of the elderly create social deficits—feelings of loneliness, social isolation and even depression—that can discourage adherence to fitness programs.

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Fitness Journal, Volume 15, Issue 1

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About the Author

Maria Luque, PhD

Maria Luque, PhD IDEA Author/Presenter

Dr. Maria Luque is a health educator and fitness expert with 15+ years experience. After serving in the US Air Force, this former military Fitness Program Manager, took her passion for health and education to the next level and now holds graduate and post-graduate degrees in health sciences. In addition to conducting workshops and group/personal training, she is a freelance writer. She currently teaches at the College of Health and Human Services at Trident University International.