Wellness Programs

Why Wellness

A lot of individuals may feel they are too old to exercise. The truth is wellness is a never ending process that benefits everyone by leading to a healthier, more active lifestyle. As we age everyday tasks become more difficult such as getting in and out of a chair, walking for longer periods of time or carrying items such as groceries. The main goal is to help residents stay as active as possible, for as long as possible.

The wellness department provides multiple levels of exercise classes. Classes are structured based on fitness level and focus on range of motion, strength, balance/coordination, flexibility and aerobic activity.

What We Focus On

Flexibility & Range of Motion - Aging can affect the structure of your bones and muscles leading to pain and decreased range of motion. Through stretching and range of motion exercises residents are able to relieve pain, maintain or improve range of motion so they are able to move all joints normally with activities during the day.

Strength Training - Our bodies begin to lose bone and muscle mass as we age. This puts individuals at a higher risk for osteoporosis and bone breaks. There are numerous benefits to strength training regularly as you grow older because it can help reduce signs and symptoms of numerous diseases and chronic conditions such as: arthritis, diabetes, osteoporosis, obesity, back pain and depression. Even small changes in overall muscle strength can have a huge impact on daily activities.

Aerobic - Gain endurance and improve walking ability, increase blood flow, decrease blood pressure and increase energy through continuous aerobic activity.

Balance & Coordination - Nothing can be more devastating to an older person than a serious injury. Even minor injuries can have serious consequences. Doing balance exercises in a safe environment will help you improve balance by being able to recognize sooner when your balance may be off and correcting it before it’s too late.

Emotional - Not all wellness is physical. Our mind and body are connected in a way that they will start affecting each other if one is off. For example, seniors may become depressed and have mood behaviors if their physical health declines. It can be very frustrating for anyone to not be able to do a task that was once easy.  Daily trivia and puzzles offered to promote mental stimulation and social interactions.

What We Offer

  • Over 20 exercise classes per week dedicated specifically to resident wellness.
  • 3 different levels of land classes and 2 levels of pool classes allow residents of different exercise backgrounds and abilities the opportunity to participate.
  • Individual assessments done twice a year to track progress and identify areas that may need more focus.
  • 24/7 access to cardio and strength room with senior-friendly equipment to be used when you want.

The Numbers

  • In 2016 we had an average of 128 people per week participate in wellness activities.
  • Over the course of a year, Thorne Crest residents both new to the program and those who have been participating for years showed on average:
Leg Strength

+ 120.6%

Arm Strength

+ 9.8%

Endurance

+ 10.25%

Balance

+ 48%

Upper Body Flexibility

+ 19.4%

Lower Body Flexibility

+ 38.8%