Physical fitness is important to residents at Presbyterian Manor. Staying active can help prevent or lessen heart disease, diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis, dementia and more.

No matter your physical condition, you can take steps to improve your health. Numerous research studies show that it is possible for older adults to maintain or improve their strength, flexibility and physical conditioning.

Here are some examples:

  • When we’re strong enough, we can stand from a chair without help from others or lift a grandchild. Strength training results in stronger muscles.
  • Flexibility allows us to get dressed without assistance and reach for things on a shelf. Stretching aids in flexibility.
  • Being physically active can help you stay fit enough to keep doing the things you like as you get older. Aerobic exercise, like walking, can help build your endurance and overall physical conditioning.

Wellness Activities

The Centers for Disease Control cites a New Zealand study that found women 80 and older had 40 percent fewer falls with strength and balance training. Research shows strength training increases bone density and lowers the fracture risk in women older than 50.

Exercising also provides similar improvements in depression as anti-depressant medications. It isn’t known if this is because people feel better when they’re stronger or if strength training produces a helpful biochemical change in the brain. Our rehabilitation experts tell us it is most likely a combination of the two. When older adults participate in strength training programs, their self-confidence and self-esteem improve, which has a strong impact on their overall quality of life.

If you haven't been active in a while, be sure to visit with your doctor before starting an exercise program.

Farmington Presbyterian Manor residents have an opportunity to take part in a variety of individual and group wellness activities each week.

Activities open to all residents include:

  • Sittercize – Monday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m. in the Residential Care Dining Room
  • Tai Chi – Thursday at 10 a.m. in the Manor’s Residential Care Dining Room
  • T.O.P.S. Program (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) – Wednesday, 9 a.m. in the Cedar Lane community room
  • Bridge/card-playing group
  • Wii games
  • Bingo – three to five times a week in the residential care dining room
  • Manicures every Tuesday
  • Birthday celebrations throughout the year. We celebrate with balloons, recognition by staff, and special choice meal from a local restaurant.
  • For those who wish to pursue wellness activities on their own, our exercise room features a treadmill and stationary bike for our residents’ use any time.

In addition to activities available on our campus, active residents have access to the modern Farmington Civic Center just three short blocks away. Here they’ll find a 1/8 mile track, state-of-the-art fitness facility and aerobics room, six-lane pool and leisure pool, a number of multi-use courts, and a wide range of activities and programs designed to support good health and fitness.

Activities especially for our health care residents include:

  • Sittercize – Monday-Saturday, 10:30 a.m. Includes activities such as balloon and parachute toss.
  • Manicures once a week

Activities especially for residents of memory care include:

  • Walking Program – Monday-Friday, 3:30 p.m. (always outside, weather permitting)
  • Manicures once a week

We post a new calendar each month to keep residents apprised of times and locations of all scheduled activities.

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