Geriatrics and Extended Care
Well-Being: Find Balance
At any age it is important to look at how you spend your time. Whether you still work or are retired:
- Do a mix of activities that you enjoy and are a good fit for your energy level
- Do activities that help you relax
- Do activities that help your family or serve your community
- Utilize your region’s senior centers. Research shows that participants in senior centers have higher levels of health, social interaction and life satisfaction. Most senior centers include some or all of the following services: meals, information on referrals for assistance, health & fitness, transportation services, employment/vocational assistance, social & recreational activities, educational & arts programs and intergenerational programs
Programs and Resources that work for Veterans
The programs and resources listed below are offered in communities throughout the U.S. and are not specifically endorsed by the VA. Open the link to learn more about the program/resource and to find a location near you.
- Matches professionals aged 55+ with public agencies and nonprofits that need their expertise
- Learn about training and part-time community service jobs
- Work based training program for older workers
- Many colleges offer free or reduced tuition for older people to attend their regular classes or lifelong learning programs.
- Learn about volunteer opportunities in your city
- Register to volunteer for your selected organization
- Invite friends to volunteer with you as a group
- Donate money to your selected organization/cause
Stay active – it’s fun and it has health benefits. You may:
- Feel better
- Be more flexible
- Improve your strength and balance
- Lower your blood pressure
- Reduce your risk of falls
Choose activities you enjoy. The “best” exercise or activity is the type you will actually do. The goal is to keep moving.
Programs that Work for Veterans
The programs below are either VA programs or are evidence-based programs for older people that are offered in communities across the US. VA does not specifically endorse the non-VA community programs. Open the links to learn about the programs/resources and to find a location near you.
- Gentle Tai Chi, aquatics, and walking routines that are safe, easy to learn, and suited for every fitness level
- Enroll in a class with other people, or buy a DVD to do exercises at home
Gerofit is a VA program of supervised exercise program that improves the health, physical function and well-being of older Veterans. Gerofit is available at several VA Medical Centers.
- Each Veteran receives a tailored exercise program based on their physical profile and personal goals.
- Exercise programs may include treadmills, elliptical machines, stair climbers, bicycles, and other strengthening machines.
- Veterans participate in group based exercises such as Tai Chi, line dancing, balance, and core coordination.
Go4Life (National Institute on Aging campaign)
- Helps you fit exercise and physical activity into your daily life
- Offers exercises, tips, and free resources to help you get ready, start exercising, and stay active
- Includes an exercise guide, a video, and an interactive website
- A national weight management program designed to help Veterans lose weight, keep it off and improve their health.
- An exercise program for active, older adults. Walking, weight training, yoga.