As we age, it’s important to find opportunities to remain active and connected to others. Research has shown that both exercise and socialization can have a positive impact on one’s physical health. Our commitment to wellness at Otterbein SeniorLife is evident in the activities and support we offer through our life enrichment programming.
In this blog, you’ll discover how the Otterbein Cridersville Life Enrichment Center meets the wellness needs and interests of the residents.
Fitness Opportunities at the Life Enrichment Center
The Life Enrichment Center at Otterbein Cridersville has a fitness room and an indoor warm-water therapy pool. Both resident and non-resident members are welcome, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status.
Members can use a variety of equipment in the fitness center, including treadmills, cardio and weight equipment, and NuStep machines. There are also numerous fitness classes available, including pool exercise classes.
Here are some of the exercise classes available to members:
- Water aerobics
- Warm-water therapy and exercises
- Balance and toning
- Cardio drumming
- Senior fitness
Additionally, the Life Enrichment Center offers open swim times and health education workshops. Fitness Specialist Maria Kaufman can also assist members with their fitness goals in the center. With a background in exercise science, Maria strives to help each member become comfortable with the equipment and a personalized fitness routine.
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Benefits of Exercise for Older Adults
Regular exercise can help improve your physical, emotional, and mental well-being. Remaining active often provides seniors with more energy and self-confidence. When we exercise with others, socialization can improve mood and reduce feelings of loneliness.
The added physical benefits of creating a fitness routine are numerous. Here are just a few examples:
- Boosts the immune system
- Helps prevent chronic diseases
- Reduces pain and stiffness
- Strengthens muscles
- Prevents bone loss
- Decreases blood pressure
As an older adult, your workouts should include aerobic, strength, and flexibility exercises. High-intensity exercises are not typically recommended. It is important to always check with your doctor before starting a new exercise program to help prevent injuries.
Other Wellness Programs at Otterbein Cridersville
In addition to the fitness room and indoor pool, the Life Enrichment Center offers a game room with pool table, darts, and ping pong; a library; and Red Oak Café. You’ll also find community and conference rooms, and the chaplain’s office.
Outdoor amenities across campus add to the life enrichment experience at Otterbein Cridersville. Residents can access fishing ponds, shuffleboard courts, gardens, and paved roads for walking and biking.
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Conveniences of Living in a Senior Living Community
The conveniences of having all that you need on campus are ideal, especially for older adults who may have previously lived alone with limited transportation and social support. When you live in a senior living community, you have friends and staff nearby with amenities to help you prioritize your well-being.
Find out more about our continuing care retirement community in Cridersville, Ohio, by visiting our website. You can watch virtual tours of our homes and apartments and also find out if living here is a good financial fit for you.