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.
Director of Photography
Leo Hallal, ZAP
Kim Aubry, ZAP
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.
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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