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.

On Campus Opportunities

Sterling Presbyterian Manor residents have an opportunity to take part in a wide variety of individual and group activities each week.

Group activities include:

  • Tai chi sessions every Monday through Saturday at 11 a.m. Open to all levels.
  • Exercise sessions every Monday through Saturday at 11:30 a.m. Open to all levels.
  • With our X-Box 360 and Kinect gaming system, mental and physical stimulation are combined with fun. By challenging themselves and each other in “virtual” competitions such as “Driving in the Chapel,” “Track and Field,” “Balloon Pop” and “Bowling,” residents can improve and maintain balance, coordination, mental alertness and independence, all in a safe, fun environment.

Anyone wishing to pursue wellness activities on their own has ample opportunity.

  • Rooms feature TV access to both X-Box and Wii gaming systems, offering residents a wide variety of interactive games.
  • For mental stimulation, residents may select from our large assortment board games, card games and puzzles.
  • Our well-equipped therapy room features parallel bars, stationary bike, weights, therapy bed, range-of-motion equipment, therapy steps and other exercise appliances. The room is open most of the day. We post a new calendar each month to keep residents apprised of times and locations of all scheduled activities.

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