Recently, Kenneth Boal has been focusing on parallel bars, leg presses and squats. He recently broke his own record for repetition on a machine that works both his arms and his legs at the same time, completing 900 in one workout.
“He’s always asking, ‘When do I go again?’ He’s anxious to go. He loves it,” Bette Boal said. “I know he’s doing a good job and its good for him. He’s in a good mood. Everything is better.”
Residents at both The Quarry and Glenwood Place are also able to use a warm saltwater pool, which is not only great for the skin but increases buoyancy. Amanda Sweeney-House, a fitness trainer at Glenwood Place, said the pool is really popular among residents.
“I think that swimming is one of those activities that people really like,” she said. “You can get in and splash around without putting too much stress on your joints. It’s really encouraging for people with arthritis, stiff joints, hip or knee issues.”
While Sweeney-House leads group classes and one-on-one training sessions, she also engages with residents who aren’t drawn to gym or pool exercises through social wellness visits. During these visits, she’ll go on a walk with residents or find a bench to sit and chat. She said she will puzzle with residents, accompany them to the library or go get ice cream — whatever sounds good based on the weather and mood of those she’s meeting. Sweeney-House said the social wellness program is especially helpful for new residents.