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.

Newton Presbyterian Manor’s Wellness Center is the envy of senior living communities throughout the region. With membership provided free to residents of all living levels, this full-service exercise facility offers residents ample opportunities to keep fit, either through organized group activity or on their own.

Services include:

  • Personal training, with one-on-one initial fitness assessments and individual workout plans
  • Access to state-of-the-art equipment
    – Nine Fit Express hydraulic resistance machines for core training for all fitness levels
    – Treadmills
    – Elliptical cross-trainers
    – Recumbent bicycles
    – NuStep machines
    – Weight machines
    – Free weights
  • BOSU balance and coordination training
  • Monthly Healthy Learning Lectures by representatives of wellness, nursing and therapy teams
  • Quarterly Senior Fitness Assessments to measure changes in fitness levels and for goal-setting
  • Daily exercise classes for all fitness levels
    Stretch & Tone – Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 1:30 p.m. (Wellness Center)
    Stretch & Tone – Wednesday/Thursday, 9:30 a.m. (McFarland Center)
    Chair Aerobics – Tuesday/Thursday, 1:30 p.m. (Broadway Apartments Community Room)
    Bal-A-Vis-X (balance, auditory, visual exercise) – Tuesday/Thursday, 2:00 p.m. (Broadway Apartments Community Room)

In addition to staying active physically, our residents enjoy countless opportunities to develop and maintain their mental fitness. We host a variety of pinochle, dominoes, bridge and other card and table games throughout the month.

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

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