Physical fitness is important to residents at Presbyterian Manor. Staying active can help prevent or lessen heart disease, diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis, dementia and more.

No matter your physical condition, you can take steps to improve your health. Numerous research studies show that it is possible for older adults to maintain or improve their strength, flexibility and physical conditioning.

Here are some examples:

  • When we’re strong enough, we can stand from a chair without help from others or lift a grandchild. Strength training results in stronger muscles.
  • Flexibility allows us to get dressed without assistance and reach for things on a shelf. Stretching aids in flexibility.
  • Being physically active can help you stay fit enough to keep doing the things you like as you get older. Aerobic exercise, like walking, can help build your endurance and overall physical conditioning.

Wellness Activities

The Centers for Disease Control cites a New Zealand study that found women 80 and older had 40 percent fewer falls with strength and balance training. Research shows strength training increases bone density and lowers the fracture risk in women older than 50.

Exercising also provides similar improvements in depression as anti-depressant medications. It isn’t known if this is because people feel better when they’re stronger or if strength training produces a helpful biochemical change in the brain. Our rehabilitation experts tell us it is most likely a combination of the two. When older adults participate in strength training programs, their self-confidence and self-esteem improve, which has a strong impact on their overall quality of life.

If you haven't been active in a while, be sure to visit with your doctor before starting an exercise program.

Lawrence Presbyterian Manor residents have an opportunity to take part in a wide variety of individual and group activities.

Independent living residents enjoy daily aerobics and balancing exercises. Residents can access the Diehl Wellness Center, which provides a great opportunity to stay fit.

Assisted living residents may participate in daily stretching, aerobics, chair yoga and a host of activities to appeal to various preferences.

For health care residents, wellness activities include offerings such as daily stretching exercises, drum circle, music therapy, wheelchair square dancing and an opportunity to enjoy fresh air in the gardens.

Along with wellness activities to keep your body healthy, Lawrence Presbyterian Manor posts a new calendar of activities every week to keep residents apprised of times, locations and additional opportunities to stay active.

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