Se­niors en­joy gardening at Fayet­teville Se­nior Ac­tiv­ity and Well­ness Cen­ter

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - YOU AT YOUR BEST - BY SARAH HANEY NWA DEMO­CRAT-GAZETTE

ocated at 945 S. Col­lege, the Fayet­teville Se­nior Ac­tiv­ity and Well­ness Cen­ter is con­ve­niently sit­u­ated near his­toric down­town Fayet­teville and of­fers an ar­ray of ac­tiv­i­ties to en­gage the se­nior cit­i­zens of the com­mu­nity.

“Here at the cen­ter, we have a won­der­ful ex­er­cise pro­gram,” stated Cen­ter Di­rec­tor Cayla Wil­son. “We have our drum­ming pro­gram, which is ev­i­dence based to help with co­or­di­na­tion, de­men­tia, and de­pres­sion. It’s a re­ally won­der­ful ex­er­cise to make you feel re­ally less stressed and very happy.”

The se­niors can also help with the cen­ter’s gardening. A study pub­lished in the Jour­nal of Alzheimer’s Dis­ease found that var­i­ous phys­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties — gardening among them — can cut your risk of Alzheimer’s by as much as 50 per­cent. Other re­search nds that hor­ti­cul­ture ther­apy is very en­gag­ing for de­men­tia pa­tients and has a pos­i­tive im­pact on their over­all well­be­ing. In ad­di­tion to this, gardening keeps a per­son ac­tive and re­duces stress lev­els which helps pre­vent heart dis­ease, di­a­betes, obe­sity, and other dis­eases. Gardening also pro­vides an out­let for cre­ativ­ity for the se­niors and nur­tures a sense of pride and ac­com­plish­ment when they har­vest the pro­duce.

At the Fayet­teville Se­nior Ac­tiv­ity and Well­ness Cen­ter, the pro­duce from the gar­dens is har­vested and then used in the meals that the se­nior cen­ter’s kitchen pre­pares.

The 12 year-old cen­ter boasts a tness cen­ter, bil­liards room, din­ing hall and kitchen, ex­er­cise yoga room, art game room, li­brary, out­door pa­tio seat­ing area, and gar­den. There are plenty of ac­tiv­i­ties to keep any vis­i­tor en­gaged and hav­ing fun. “The goal of the se­nior cen­ter is to pro­vide a very pos­i­tive and car­ing at­mos­phere for se­niors in our com­mu­nity,” added Wil­son.

The Fayet­teville Se­nior Ac­tiv­ity and Well­ness Cen­ter is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Mon­day through Fri­day.

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