Did you know that older adults are among the most active populations in Connecticut? According to the state’s 2021 Healthy Aging Data Report, 75 percent of those in the 60-plus population had physical activity in the previous month, and 58 percent met CDC guidelines for aerobic physical activity. With more spare time in retirement and a growing interest in wellness culture, it’s no surprise that older adults are spending time moving their bodies.
In Connecticut it is predicted that by 2024 the population of people 65 and older will have grown by 57 percent since 2010. This September, health professionals across the state are using National Healthy Aging Month to encourage adults and seniors to adopt healthy lifestyle habits. And with evidence proving that physical activity can promote healthy aging and prevent age-related decline in muscle function, it’s imperative that Connecticut has broad access to affordable and achievable exercise options.