Before moving to The Quarry Senior Living last fall, Penny Arnold described herself as “a hater of exercise.” Nowadays, though, you’ll find her at one of the facility’s many fitness classes once a day – if not more often.
“It has made a great difference in how I feel about myself,” the 76-year-old said. “I’m sleeping better, I have better balance, my mind is sharper. There’s just an overall feeling of wellness that just does a lot for you.”
Both The Quarry and their sister facility Glenwood Place Senior Living, which are locally owned by Vancouver residents Gary and Christine Rood, are dedicated to the health of their residents. One of the ways they show this is through their robust fitness programs, which include a long list of group fitness classes, one-on-one training sessions, a pool for swimming and water aerobics and a thoughtfully designed social wellness program.
The fitness classes include circuit training, yoga and tai chi as well as a class that focuses on seated exercises and another on improving balance. There is a class specifically designed for residents with Parkinson’s disease. And one of the most popular classes is called Golden Steppers, which teaches dance steps to residents’ favorite songs.
“These classes are really designed to cover a broad spectrum of exercises that most, if not all, our residents can do,” said Austin Karn, Director of Health and Fitness at The Quarry.