Age­ing in good health

Weekend Courier - - Opinion -

ROCK­ING­HAM’S Bap­tist­care Grace­haven Res­i­den­tial Care will help res­i­dents achieve a health­ier body and mind this year.

Res­i­dents will par­tic­i­pate in newly es­tab­lished Well­ness Groups, which fo­cus on help­ing them stay healthy in­side and out.

Four times a week, res­i­dents will start their day with heat packs and a smoothie, par­tic­i­pate in seated ex­er­cises to mu­sic, fol­lowed by a quiz de­signed to pro­vide a brain work­out. Med­i­ta­tion and rem­i­nis­cence ses­sions will also be in­cor­po­rated into the weekly pro­gram.

Bap­tist­care Grace­haven life­style co-or­di­na­tor Kim Jordan said the group would prove pop­u­lar, with par­tic­i­pants em­brac­ing the op­por­tu­nity for a health­ier ap­proach to age­ing.

“We’ve de­signed the pro­gram to sup­port res­i­dents’ phys­i­cal, cog­ni­tive and men­tal well­be­ing with ac­tiv­i­ties that en­cour­age them to stay ac­tive, and phys­i­cally and men­tally stim­u­lated,” she said.

Bap­tist­care Grace­haven res­i­dent Lorna Wheat­ley (95) said she cre­ated the names for each of the smooth­ies: Mango Tango, Tropic De­light, Choco­late Banana and Sum­mer­time Bliss.

She said she would be one of the keen par­tic­i­pants ben­e­fit­ing from the group.

“The Well­ness Group is a great mo­ti­va­tion for us to keep our minds and bod­ies mov­ing,” she said.

Grace­haven Well­ness Group reg­u­lar Betty Coates and ther­apy part­ner Zoe Jordan join Lorna Wheat­ley for a healthy morn­ing smoothie.

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