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Wellness

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.

Wichita Presbyterian Manor residents have an opportunity to take part in a wide variety of individual and group activities. From daily exercise and fitness classes to weekly canasta and domino games. From scheduled lunches at area eateries to shopping trips, ice cream socials and monthly birthday parties.

A new Health and Wellness Center at Wichita Presbyterian Manor will house a variety of exercise and wellness activities. The center will include an indoor, year-round water exercise and therapy pool, an exercise/fitness area with age-appropriate equipment, locker rooms, and a reception lobby. The pool will provide both supervised and unsupervised aquatic rehabilitation, plus a variety of group aquatics classes and free access for individual use.

If you haven't been active in a while, be sure to visit with your doctor before starting an exercise program. Upcoming events may be found on the video boards throughout the campus.

Monthly wellness clinic

Independent Living residents can have their vitals taken, weight checked and visit with a nurse about any questions and concerns they have during our monthly Wellness Clinic. This service helps connect our Independent Living residents and helps identify any potential health concerns. For Wellness Clinic dates, check the Upcoming Events Calendar.

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