Today’s return to my water aerobics BFFs connected in a small way to Tuesday’s exercise class at a neighboring Senior Center.
What with one thing and another, I hadn’t been to the Y for almost two weeks and it was good to see Mary, who’s never lacking in conversation, togged out in a new swimsuit (purple and very flattering- from Costco, yet) and deepened tan. I caught up with Renata of the German accent, who also travels to Venice FL each winter. Debbie, the retired math teacher with the caustic wit, was there. I offered Ruth, friend and neighbor here at the condo and fellow Tuesday athlete, my bicycle to test drive since yesterday she said she was thinking about buying one. Quiet Diane was there and she managed a friendly nod and comment on the weather. Sweet and frail Ethel, who can’t be a day under 85, was there in the shallow end gamely attempting most of our moves.
A few were missing – Alice, who was out for a while with the ugliness of chemo treatments, but who seems to be on the mend. Jane, who’s 83 but looks 72, and who was likely leading her own aerobics in her complex’s pool.
None of us socialize outside of this class, but we always find plenty to say when we do get together and sometimes that one hour in the day meets my interaction needs for the day.
Yesterday I said hello to the woman in the exercise class at the Senior Center who I knew from my teaching days. Her second husband died a couple of years ago, and while she has several kids and they live nearby, I suspect she finds it hard living alone.
As superficial chit-chat, I asked her if she’d had a good Fourth of July.
She said, “I guess – I spent it alone.”
While I was fumbling for a response to that, she said, “I was in today’s paper.”
Thankful for a change of subject, I said, “Really! What about?”
She said, “The article on the ‘loneliness epidemic of seniors””
(Article excerpt:) Entries are due by Sept 28 under a new competition designed to come up with new ways to reduce isolation among older adults.. . . .studies show that 29% of older adults are socially isolated.