READING, Pa. – A senior living community in downtown Reading motivated their residents to get physically active as part of a national initiative on May 29.
The National Senior Health and Fitness Day goal is an annual event that helps keep older Americans healthy and fit. This year’s theme was Live and Thrive through Exercise.
Communities across the country use this time to create healthier alternatives to daily activities, and Manor at Market Square, an independent living and personal care community, was no different.
Instead of holding the regular run-of-the-mill bingo game, residents were pleasantly surprised to notice numbers on their usual bingo card were swapped for exercise and techniques to improve their wellness.
Exercises included heel raises, bicep curls, knee extensions, and more. Prizes included healthier snacks of fruits and yogurts.
In addition, Jennifer Basile, OT, a regional director at FOX Rehab, discussed the importance of maintaining a fitness regimen.
The Department of Health and Human Services, in 2018, released the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, Second Edition. The guidelines for adults, seniors and those living with chronic conditions recommends at least 150 minutes to 300 minutes a week of moderate-intensity, or 75 minutes to 150 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity spread throughout the week.
“Available at Manor, in partnership with FOX Rehab, residents have access to Strength, Mobility and Balance, an evidence-based and progressive exercise program, which is designed to help relieve aches and pains and increase stamina,” said Basile.
Residents are exposed to 60 to 90-minute sessions twice a week, which helps them achieve the conditions recommended by HHS.
“It’s important for seniors to get active because it helps them stay as independent as possible, said Stephanie Ziegler, the resident life director at Manor at Market Square. “And to help them stay active, we offer a full calendar of events that range from fitness classes to social outings.”
Manor at Market Square is a unique retirement community offering Independent Living, Personal Care and Respite Care on an affordable month-to-month lease with no buy-in fees. Resident services include nursing care, meals, housekeeping, social events and transportation. For more information, please call 610-373-0800, or visit www.manoratmarketsquare.com.