Water Aerobics, Tai Chi classes, a game of rummy; these days 82- year old Flossie’s schedule is jam packed with activities. “I like doing things that are fun and good for my body,” she said.
After retiring from the Milwaukee County courthouse, Flossie was looking for a way to stay active and meet new people. Flossie joined “KOACH” through the Jewish Community Center.
“KOACH”, which means “strength” in Hebrew, provides senior programming to help older adults stay socially and physically active within the community.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 41% of people over 65 reported some type of functional limitation making it harder for them to get around and participate in activities that they may have once enjoyed.
Both social isolation and loneliness are also associated with a higher risk of mortality. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
“Women like Flossie are great examples of why older adults need to stay active and social for a longer, healthier life. What I love about my job at United Way – is being able to help the 14 older adult programs we fund share best practices, and together, we are creating a culture of health and wellness for so many older loved ones in Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County,” said United Way Health Portfolio Manager Beth Mark.
“We’re really appreciative of the support from United Way for making it possible for us to provide activities that help seniors stay independent and healthy for as long as they can,” said Mona Cohen, director of senior adult programs at the Jewish Community Center.
Last year, 94 % of older adults who attended United Way- funded senior programming made new friends and left the program feeling supported.
The best part of being a member of KOACH is that Flossie no longer feels alone, she has found new strength in being part of this warm community and is able to live a healthy, active lifestyle. “Staying active is the best thing you can do for yourself; you can only do so much shopping.” she said.