February is American Heart Month, and maintaining a healthy heart is a key to longevity.Heart disease is a leading cause of death among Americans, and staying active as you age is one of the best ways to boost cardiovascular health. Physical activity also can increase your overall sense of well-being.
At The Arbor Company, we put a strong emphasis on physical activity. We tailor activities to the physical capabilities of our residents in Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care.
Here are just a few examples of the creative ideas we use to keep our residents on the move:
- Pop-up exercise classes. At Arbor Terrace Peachtree City (Peachtree City, Ga.), Engagement directors keep residents on the move in more ways than one. The activities calendar offers plenty of opportunities for fitness on a moving schedule. Residents might be exercising in the community garden one day, the pool the next.
- Games. Bean bag toss and Connect Four are just two of the ways the staff at Arbor Terrace at Kingwood Town Center (Kingwood, Texas) gets residents engaged and active. The community also offers Pilates, water aerobics and socially distanced chair yoga.
- Hallway classes. Residents can exercise and socialize while remaining socially distanced at Arbor Terrace at Crabapple (Alpharetta, Ga.). Hallway exercise classes are very popular at this community, where residents merely have to take a few steps out of their front doors to participate in a 20-minute strength-training and toning class.
Laura Ellen Christian, our senior vice president of engagement and dementia training says this: “We know that active seniors tend to have longer, healthier lives, and we continue to prioritize physical activity in all communities. Experts say people are more successful at reaching their health goals when they join forces with others, and we are proud to offer residents many opportunities to get fit with their friends.”