A team of women in their 80s playing competitive basketball demonstrate the mind-body-spirit-community connection to healthy aging.

They are all in their 80s and 90s. They play forward or guard, sinking lay-ups and hitting jump shots. They’re a team of women playing basketball to stay young and healthy by moving their bodies and connecting with each other around the court. Follow one teammate as she shows she is a player who knows how to TakeCare.

  • Social support is vital for maintaining health, especially in old age.
  • Friendship can help with feelings of loneliness and depression.
  • Team sports are a great source of physical activity and social engagement.

Film details

Jon Shenk

Robyn Kopp

Director of Photography
Lincoln Else

Addition Photography
Jon Shenk

Jeffrey Friedman

Assistant Editor
Riccardo Kovacs

Assistant Camera
Elicia Schmidt-Hooper

Sound Recordist
Doug Dunderdale

Additional Sound
Gabriel Monts

Audio Engineer
Jacob Bloomfield-Misranch

Tyler Strickland

Leo Hallal, ZAP

Post Consultant
Kim Aubry, ZAP

How it All Ties Back to Whole Health

Social connection and physical activity can do wonders for our health and well-being. This is especially true for older people.

As we age, our social circles tend to shrink, and we feel limited in our physical capabilities. These factors can lead to isolation, a loss of a sense of purpose, and other physical and mental health issues. The women in Splash prove that social connection and physical activity can help stave off these effects of aging and lead to a healthier, richer life.

Social connection on any level improves health.

Mimi Guarneri, MD

Founder & President, The Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine

Board-certified in cardiovascular disease, internal medicine, nuclear cardiology, and integrative holistic medicine. She is also a Founder and President of The Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine.

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Interview with Film Advisor: Mimi Guarneri, MD

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If you look at team sports, there's a lot of laughter and joy. Mimi Guarneri, MD

Q: What to you is the most powerful message of the film?

A: Splash is about social connection and the power of the body – illustrating all the things that you can do at any age. Studies show that physical activity is not only good for the skeletal and muscular system, it also supports brain and heart health. So it’s physically important to exercise, and it also supports the emotional and mental aspects of our health.

Q: Is there something that happens when you pair physical exercise and friendship together that doesn’t happen when they’re experienced separately?

A: Most definitely. Anyone can exercise on their own, and they’re getting all of the benefits of releasing hormones that are good for their health. But research has shown when exercising in a group, that social connection also releases additional hormones that positively impact our health. Not only are we fighting the impacts of social isolation, we’re also bringing in all the physical aspects of well-being.

Q: Is there something you’d like to expand on from the film?

A: One of the best messages is not to be unrealistic – but also not to limit yourself. Another takeaway is that physical activity benefits Mind, Body, Spirit, and Community. At any age, there’s something that we can do, and I like to call this courageous aging. Let’s make this the norm, not the exception!

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