They were a perfect dance team and many of their friends were met and kept at the Friday night Dance Club. Sadly, it seems those days have come to an end with technology and an entirely different world of socialization. For the pre-Baby Boomers however, dance is still a religion. Seniors love moving to their own music. They are literally dancing their way to the golden years.
Waltzes, fox trots and the boogie woogie are serious “stuff.” Activity of any kind is a subject for thought, especially as we age. One of the highlighted features in any Independent, Assisted, or Memory care is physical activity. I’ve seen staff doing the polka down the halls with a willing resident. It’s not hard and certainly not risky. NOT MOVING is risky. Studies prove physical activity reduces the chance of injury, depression, and even chronic illness. Why sit still if getting up and moving for ten minutes two to three times a day is not only a physical benefit but also a social benefit?
When touring Senior Living Retirement Options Bridge to Better Living® looks at the choices available for both mental and physical activity. The activities need to match the people we are touring. Our clients may be independently walking, using a cane, walker or scooter. We know activity is important to the happiness and quality of life our clients hope to find in a new home. Residents benefit from wide halls lined with railings, entering walking indoor marathons, even pedaling their way to another country on a Nu-step while watching a travelogue. Some communities offer swimming pools and state of the art fitness rooms. Others transport groups of residents to a gym or community pool, flippers and goggles optional.
In Senior Living Communities, the adage “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” is purely a myth. A little wisdom and knowing one’s limits is the key. If a senior suddenly becomes “gung-ho” a trainer at the fitness center or an observant employee will subtly apply the brakes and suggest a slower approach. Every one of us moves at our own pace. Martha’s community provides personal fitness programs. It is also important to have the approval of a physician fore starting any exercise program. For some seniors, twenty steps is enough, for others a mile. Being active is a personal (although excellent) choice. Residents of Senior Living communities encourage each other with one-on-one or group challenges. One large component of health is staying balanced. Many exercise routines focus on exercises designed to improve individual balance.
One of Bridge to Better Living®’s goals is to provide its clients with not only quality of life but a healthy life. Take a clue from Martha (she’s the one with the hula hoop over by the treadmill)…stay active!
At Bridge to Better Living®, we strive to give one-on-one guidance to help transition into a new era of life, one with an abundance of possibilities and experiences to cherish. Bridge to Better Living® is there for individuals and families who seek the absolute best quality of life in senior living. Placement is our Passion! Contact us today!