Adding Zing to Physical Fitness

Adding Zing to Physical Fitness

Residents Test a Specialized Gym Program for Seniors

Exercise group

Ten weeks, 16 visits—That's the timetable for a highly motivating physical fitness program specially designed for Ring House and Revitz House residents by Rockville gym Fitness for Health in collaboration with Wellness Coordinators Chelsea Fields and Crystal Keys, Ring House Activities Director Amy Sullivan and Director of Memory Care Programs Patty Hagen, all of Charles E. Smith Life Communities.

Our seniors were invited to test the program at the gym to see if they like it. At this point, let's just say the happy faces and evident enthusiasm of participants suggest great potential for its success.   

How it Works: Individuals in small groups rotate through a series of six activity stations equipped with "exergaming equipment" to improve:

  • Body awareness
  • Balance
  • Visual and auditory integration
  • Visual perception
  • Motor planning
  • Speed and reaction time
  • Coordination 
  • Strength

"It's like playing games," says Charlotte Podgor, 92, who has lived at Ring House for 11 years. She reports feeling energized at the end of each hour-long session.

Patty Hagen is measuring and recording pre and post-performance of all participating residents to quantify benefits to overall fitness, mood and cognition. If findings continue to be positive, effort will be made to incorporate Fitness for Health's therapy services into the scheduled activities at our independent-living residences. 

 

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