It focuses on supporting independence, safety and quality of life for all residents.
Ocean City, NJ (PRWEB) February 01, 2015
United Methodist Homes of New Jersey (UMHNJ) announces the opening of SeniorFITness at their Ocean City senior living community, The Shores. It follows the unique and highly beneficial program’s implementation at Bristol Glen (Newton).
SeniorFITness, a venture with UMHNJ partner Alliance Rehab, is led by professional exercise physiologists. The multidisciplinary program designed to be both fun and functional for older adults, improves strength, balance, mobility and mental well-being for residents through a wide assortment of activities. One of the keys to preventing a fall as people age is improving balance.
“One day we may be playing volleyball or doing chair yoga and the next we may concentrate on healthy hands or hosting a seminar on the benefits of senior fitness,” says Jessica Martin, exercise physiologist at The Shores.
“It focuses on supporting independence, safety and quality of life for all residents,” marketing director Patti Smith said. “This is a big deal for us — a great program. No matter what level of care you need, there is something that you can do that will make you stronger.”
Dr. Thomas Sattler, the director of education and program development for the SeniorFITness division of Alliance Rehab and a University of Illinois Chicago associate professor emeritus, chaired the graduate specialization in applied exercise physiology and taught undergraduates. He also coordinated the training and conditioning programs for the Chicago Blackhawks professional hockey team (1978-1981) and the Chicago Cubs Major League Baseball team (1982-1988).
SeniorFITness has a dedicated space on the second floor. Residents also learn the how and why behind the program’s movements and activities. Working on balance and stretching help to prevent injuries and to increase the longevity of completing daily activities without assistance.
“Since participating in SeniorFITness, I’ve noticed a higher stamina and an ability to perform daily activities such as walking and getting up from a chair with minimal assistance,” comments a resident.
Physical exercise also presents a great avenue to meet others and take on age appropriate physical challenges in a friendly supportive environment. Overall there are huge benefits for those that participate in SeniorFITness. Staying active is crucial to maintaining a high quality of life, even at an advanced age.
The UMHNJ belief that cognitive, physical and social activity work together in establishing overall health, lies at the core of the resident offerings. All five assisted living communities maintain a wide variety of optional programs dedicated to keeping seniors active and strong. To find out more about healthy senior assisted living at United Methodist Homes visit http://www.umh-nj.org/.