Elderly physical and social activity is essential

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Griseyda Belalcazar has come up with a slogan that encompasses what senior centers are all about; she calls them, “A place where you are always welcome, where people are glad to see you, where you can stop by for coffee, a meal or conversation.”

Senior center facilities provide older adults with services and activities that respond to their needs. They also provide resources for an entire community including services and information on aging and assistance for family and friends who care for older adults.

As one grows older, it can become more and more difficult to maintain physical fitness. The very changes that can make physical activity more difficult also make it more important, which is why senior centers, like Mesquite’s, provide a wide variety of senior activities for their residents.

Even a light intensity level of exercise can help to improve heart health. Regular cardiovascular exercise helps fight common flus and colds and increases respiratory health, all of which contribute to reducing the risk of vascular occlusion, or blockage in the body’s arteries. Many activities are available through the Mesquite Senior Center and several of the exercise classes are tailored for various fitness levels.

Socializing for senior citizens is also important and helps with depression, dementia or Alzheimer’s.

There are many group activities offered through the Mesquite Senior Center such as day excursions, speakers, sock hops, bingo and much more to keep you active and social.

For information about the Mesquite Community and Senior Center call 702-346-5290 and ask to speak to Griseyda Belalcazar, senior center supervisor, or Krissy Thornton, programs assistant.

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