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Rebecca Blackwell

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Social Connection Impacts Participation in Senior Fitness Programs

Social wellbeing is a crucial part of active aging and whole person health. Here's how to increase participation in physical fitness programs by tapping into seniors' desire for social connection.

Developing Exercise Programs that Benefit Senior Living Communities

How exercise has been proven to improve cognition, maximize resident engagement and aid the marketing of senior living communities.

Exercise is Good for Our Body and Good for Our Brain

Research indicates that physical activity has an impact on cognitive function beginning in infancy and continuing through every stage of our life. But, recent studies demonstrate that exercise done today might support cognitive functioning for years to come, regardless of your age.

How Exercise Impacts Sleep for Seniors

Poor sleep is not a normal part of aging. And yet, many seniors believe it is and are therefore not talking with their doctors and other health care providers about it. This is concerning, because poor sleep is a serious health issue. The good news is that research shows evidence that consistent weekly exercise can contribute to healthier, more restful sleep, regardless of age.

5 Ways Older-Adult Communities Can Attract Younger Customers

Many retiring seniors are looking for a change. Even if many of them have not yet considered retiring in a senior living community, that doesn’t mean it isn’t a possibility they are willing to explore. Here are five ideas for how senior living communities can appeal to this new generation of seniors.

How to Encourage Seniors to Stay Fit at Any Age

Like all of us, older adults probably already know that exercise is good for their health. What might be lacking is the motivation, resources, and encouragement to make it a regular part of their life. Here are a few tips for how to encourage seniors to get in shape and stay fit at any age.

4 Strategies for Senior Living Communities to Increase Fitness Participation

Simply having a wellness program does not ensure that residents will participate. We talked to Trainers & Fitness Directors about how to encourage participation in initiatives that support physical fitness and compiled some of their most effective and creative tips.

What Are the Dimensions of Wellness for Senior Living?

The Dimensions of Wellness offers a path towards healthy aging by recognizing that building and maintaining physical health is not an end unto itself. A fitness program focused on whole-person wellness must meet physical, emotional, social, intellectual, environmental, and spiritual needs.

Is there a connection between resistance training and brain function?

Neurological studies indicate that by late middle age, most people develop age-related lesions in brain white matter. New research is demonstrating that regular strength-training creates a layer of cognitive protection that can decrease, or even prevent, this decline in brain function.

Harness the Power of Technology to Support Your Wellness Program

Research shows a growing trend among seniors who are incorporating technology into their lives in a variety of ways. In response, many senior living facilities are upgrading amenities with new technology as a way of supporting current residents and attracting new residents.