Physical activity is appropriate regardless of one’s age or physical condition. Adults age 65 and above can benefit just like younger adults by including cardiovascular exercise, strength training and stretching as part of their regular physical activities.
Manor Park’s Campbell Wellness Center offers programs and activities to enhance an active lifestyle:
♥ Strength training - People lose muscle tissue as they age, but strengthening exercises can build muscle tissue and help slow the rate of age-related loss. Muscle-building exercises may also be referred to as resistance training, weight training or strength training. In addition to building muscles, strength training can promote mobility, improve health-related fitness and strengthen bones.
Although strength training can be valuable by itself, even more benefit can be gained from an overall physical activity program that also includes the following activities:
♥ Endurance training - Aerobic activities should be of at least moderate intensity and increase the heart rate and breathing for extended periods of time. They can help improve stamina for daily tasks and the health of the heart and circulatory system. Examples of endurance training include walking at a brisk pace, riding a bicycle, rowing and dancing.
♥ Stretching activities - These activities help keep the body limber and flexible by stretching muscles and the tissues that hold the muscles in place.
♥ Balance exercises - Balancing exercises can help prevent falls and fall-related injuries.
Many programs are provided to the entire community so that residents can be involved as wholly as possible within six dimensions of wellness (emotional, cognitive, physical, vocational, social and spiritual). For example, as residents participate in games, sewing groups, exercise classes or serve on the resident council, they engage in intellectual, social and emotional dimensions. A major goal is to help the residents transition to a new neighborhood as completely as possible and keep residents in independent living as engaged as possible for as long as is feasible.
♥ Strengthening exercise - Nautilus equipment, hand weights, resistance bands (doctor approval needed)
♥ Cardiovascular exercise - Treadmills, bicycles, elliptical, row machine
♥ Stretch and Balance class - Tuesday and Thursday at 4 pm in Barney Greathouse activity room. TRUE STRETCH ™ located in Wellness Center.
♥ Walk group - April – September (Tuesday / Thursday at 8 am) - Meet in front of Wallace building
♥ Chair exercise video - Monday / Wednesday / Friday at 9:45 am in Barney Greathouse activity room
♥ Line dancing - Tuesdays at Senior Center
♥ Tai Chi for arthritis - Tai Chi is an exercise program for older adults that incorporates exercises to improve muscle strength, flexibility and fitness. Other benefits include relaxation, balance, posture and improved immunity.
♥ Wii games - Bowling, Tennis, Golf, Boxing, Baseball, etc. for all to enjoy! Watch for tournaments throughout the year. Come by for lessons!
♥ National “Active Aging Week” - Yearly participation in September
♥ Wellness Fair - Biennial participation and on alternate years introduce new and different ways to stay active.
♥ Start! Heart Walk - Campus-wide campaign includes residents and staff to support the American Heart Association
♥ “Matter of Balance” - Fall prevention education program provided quarterly in association with RehabCare as we coordinate efforts to keep residents active on the Manor Park campus
Q: Do I need a doctor’s release?
A: It is important to talk with a doctor before beginning an exercise routine. Staff need to be aware of health conditions that may require restrictions on certain exercise programs. Staff can assist in obtaining a signed release form from the doctor if the resident has already discussed the situation with the doctor.
Q: Is there a fee to participate in the Manor Park Wellness Center?
A: No. Wellness Center membership is one of the perks that comes with being a resident at Manor Park.
Q: Is there transportation to and from the Wellness Center?
A: No. Residents need to make arrangements with family if assistance is needed.
Q: Are special clothes or equipment needed for participation in the Wellness Center?
A: No. Loose, comfortable clothing and shoes with good support are recommended.
Q: What are the benefits of exercise?
A: Exercise will help maintain or improve the ability to stay active and engaged in life.
Q: What is the best way to begin an exercise program?
A: To begin, talk to the physician in order to rule out any situations that need further attention. Wellness Center staff will assist in recommending activities that are best suited to the resident’s needs and abilities.