Pickleball: An Adaptable, Approachable Sport for Summer  

Aug 9, 2023 | Newsletter, Summer 2023

What is Pickleball? Pickleball is a racquet sport in which two to four players use a solid paddle to hit a lightweight ball over a net. The pickleball court uses the same dimensions as badminton and uses the rules and net of tennis with a few modifications.  

As we get older, it can become increasingly important to find enjoyable and low-impact activities that promote physical fitness and overall well-being. Pickleball’s growing popularity among older adults can be attributed to its numerous health benefits. As stated in The Pickleball Player, this sport can provide an excellent cardiovascular workout that helps strengthen the heart and lungs. It also enhances balance, coordination, and agility, all of which are vital for maintaining mobility and preventing falls for older adults.  

Pickleball can improve muscle strength and endurance, particularly in the upper body and core, due to the constant swinging and movement involved in the game. One of the key advantages of pickleball for older adults it is low-impact in nature. This is especially beneficial for individuals with arthritis or other joint-related conditions, allowing them to engage in physical activity without excessive strain or discomfort. 

Another aspect that makes pickleball appealing to older adults is its social aspect. The game is typically played in doubles, fostering a sense of camaraderie and teamwork.  

 Pickleball can be easily tailored to accommodate different skill levels, making it inclusive and accessible to seniors of all abilities. Whether one is a beginner or an experienced player, the sport offers a variety of options to ensure that everyone can participate and enjoy the game.  

To find a community center near you that offers pickleball, speak with a Community Resource Specialist at (408) 350-3200, option 1. 

Lung Cancer Screening

Medicare Part B covers lung cancer screening using low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) if the individual meets all the following criteria:

  • Aged 55 to 77
  • No signs or symptoms of lung cancer
  • Current smoker or quit smoking within the past 15 years
  • Tobacco smoking history averaging one pack per day for 20 years (“20 pack-years”)
  • An order from a doctor or healthcare provider

Take advantage of these preventative services offered by Medicare by asking for them for yourself or your loved one. In this way, older adults can reduce their risk of developing substance abuse disorders or mitigate its effects to maintain healthier lifestyles.

References

  1. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2020, July). Substance use in older adults drugfacts. Substance Use in Older Adults DrugFacts | National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) (nih.gov)
  2. gov. (n.d.). Preventive & screening services. preventive services (medicare.gov)

 

This project was supported by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $94,686 with 100 percent funding by ACL/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by ACL/HHS, or the U.S. Government.