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.

Exercise opportunities offered weekly

Staying well means staying active through wellness activities. Parsons Presbyterian Manor residents have an opportunity to take part in numerous individual and group activities each week.

  • Regularly scheduled group activities include exercise classes every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10 a.m. in the assisted living activities room.

Residents who wish to pursue wellness activities on their own have ample opportunity.

  • Our therapy room features an exercise bicycle. Following each day’s therapy sessions the bicycle is available to any resident.
  • Our Wii system makes it fun to exercise and helps to develop and maintain hand-eye coordination.
  • Residents who prefer fresh air with their exercise may take advantage of our outdoor walking paths.
  • Although grounds-keeping is part of our services at Parsons Presbyterian Manor, residents who enjoy gardening are welcome to make the landscaping their own.

Parsons Presbyterian Manor posts a new calendar every month to keep residents apprised of times and locations of all scheduled activities.

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