A body in motion stays in motion. The term “wellness” means that every area of a person’s well-being is in balance. Achieving and maintaining this balance are crucial to support the body safely and avoid risks of falling.
We address as many areas of well-being as possible. Group classes such as Chair Aerobics, Balloon Volleyballl, Weight Lifting, and Wii computer sports games keep our participants active and busy. Participants work on their balance, strength, endurance/stamina, flexibility, and overall optimal function in daily activities, usually without even realizing they are “working out.”
Persons who live with Alzheimer's Disease, stroke, Parkinson’s or other challenging conditions have the same health problems and emotional needs as everybody else. They derive the same benefits from a regular exercise program as all of us as well as benefits unique to their situation: the ability to gain skill and show regular improvement in physical fitness at a time when they are losing skills in other arenas of life.
Such a tangible gain can be a tremendous source of pride, both for the participants and for their caregivers. The participants interact with each other competitively and supportively. The programs are multi-leveled and work within an individual participant’s needs and abilities to stay active and improve skills. We try to offer something for everyone, so we are able to involve as many individuals as possible.
The Wellness Program is coordinated by Maggie Parker, a Certified Personal Trainer. Maggie has expanded our range of motion activities to include the entire body. In our Walking Program, the participants wear pedometers on their shoe and track the number of miles they walk. There are always walkers in the wide, well-lit hallways as many participants enjoy the exercise more than other activities that require sitting.