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Glenmeadow residents more active than most

LONGMEADOW — Participation in wellness programs by Glenmeadow Retirement Community residents is significantly higher than the national average. According to Laura Lavoie, director of resident programs, approximately 81 percent of Glenmeadow residents do some type of exercise. This is significantly higher than participation rates nationally for seniors specifically and adults overall, according to reported data. According to one national report, only 22 percent of people age 65 and older reported engaging in regular leisure time physical activity. The report, Older Americans 2010: Key Indicators of Well-Being, prepared by the Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics contains data on 37 key indicators and is compiled from the most reliable official statistics about the well-being of Americans primarily age 65 and older. Participation for adults in general isn't much better. nationally, on average, only 30 percent of adults exercise regularly, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A Wellness Celebration, hosted by the Glenmeadow Fitness Club, took place Feb. 24 to encourage and congratulate residents for their success in staying active. Eighteen wellness programs are offered each week at Glenmeadow, including personal training and group classes, and featuring a variety of formats and levels of intensity. The activity department staff includes two trainers, each with specific experience working with older adults and certifications through the American College of Sports Medicine and other organizations in health and fitness, personal training, and balance assessment. Classes include aquacise, water walking, strength training, tai chi, stretching, nutrition, chair fitness, and line dancing. The facility includes an indoor swimming pool, exercise room with strength training and cardiovascular equipment, and two multipurpose rooms for group classes. Brain Fitness, a self-paced computer class for cognitive wellness, is also available. Established in 1884, Glenmeadow is an accredited continuing care retirement community that provides independent and assisted living at its campus at 24 Tabor Crossing and expanded Glenmeadow at Home services throughout Greater Springfield. Glenmeadow is a mission-driven, non-profit organization that exists solely to provide quality services for seniors and their loved ones. It is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities-Continuing Care Accreditation Commission, offering assurance to the public that there has been an external third-party review of quality and financial stability. Bookmark and Share

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