“We work one-on-one or in groups, encouraging exercise to lessen the symptoms of this disease,” said Karn.
The fitness teams at both Glenwood and The Quarry provides exercise classes throughout the week. Some of their offerings include:
- Better Balance, using static exercise, gentle movement, weight shifting, and lunges.
- Body In Motion, upper and lower body strengthening with weights and bands, often seated, to strengthen the full body.
- Golden Steppers class, with dance steps to favorite songs. “There’s lots of laughter and learning the steps and repeating them is a great memory tool,” said Karn.
Their gyms concentrate on coordination and cardio, using treadmills, seated elliptical machines, and hydraulic-based weight machines that are easy to increase or decrease resistance for each person’s needs, and is shared by their onsite rehab therapy team, ONR.
“We follow a holistic model. Anyone who can benefit from our help to be more functional and confident in themselves receives our services,” said Steven Cabrales, director of orthopedic and neurological rehab and physical therapist at the communities. “We have four therapists and four fitness specialists on the staff, and provide physical, occupational and speech therapy all on-site.” He added that individualized visits to apartments for therapy has been a huge blessing during the past couple of years.
Therapy and exercise programs promote fitness but also add life enrichment and mental stimulation, good for healthy living at any age.