Arbour Square of Harleysville, an independent senior living community in Harleysville, Pennsylvania, recognizes the importance of a healthy lifestyle among the senior population and is working toward changing the focus of health and wellness for over 270 residents.
Nestled within 22-acres, the senior community features a beautiful walking trail, where you're bound to bump into residents partaking in a fitness class or out for a leisurely stroll.
“I’m always told by incoming seniors and visitors that the energy level here is much different than at other communities,” said Mimi Kehan, campus executive director at Arbour Square. “We’re always looking for ways to collaborate with our employees, as well as community members to bring programs, presentations or other services here that will improve the quality of life for our residents.”
This was the initiative used when revitalizing the fitness center—making health and wellness a lifelong goal. The state-of-the-art facility features a 65-inch screen television, free-weights, stretch bands, and various exercise machines like an elliptical and stationary bike.
“The fitness center is senior-friendly as are the exercise classes provided,” said Steve Sherer, a board-certified physical therapist and owner of Senior Physical Therapy Services, which operates out of Arbour Square. “If a resident is feeling unsure about how the fitness center operates, the fitness instructor will take them through and show them how to exercise safely and the rules of the machine.”
Sherer’s services include physical therapy, occupational therapy, and a wellness program. He also has a dedicated fitness instructor who offers complimentary exercise classes, as well as wellness guidance to residents at the senior living community.
For a nominal fee, residents can opt-in to an advanced wellness plan that includes individualized training with the fitness instructor two times a week and access to AlterG®, an anti-gravity treadmill. This unique piece of equipment allows seniors to move, walk, run, build strength, and improve cardio conditioning, without the risk of falling by using air pressure to gently decrease 100 percent body weight to as low as 20 percent.
Barbara Lewandowski, resident life director at Arbour Square, creates a monthly schedule filled with various recreational and fitness activities instructed by employees and individuals from the local area. Activities are provided at no extra charge with some events being open to the public.
“I came from a family that fishes and hunts, shoots archery and shotgun competitively. I realized early on how important it is to follow your passion no matter your age or limitations,” said Lewandowski, which is also why she considers residents’ opinions when scheduling activities, such as fishing and golfing.
“Now that I’m in my 80s, it’s nice to be able to still do some of the things I loved when I was younger. I fished since I was a boy, and I love that I have the opportunity to fish again,” said Austin Hayes, a resident at Arbour Square.
Senior exercise classes are also scheduled with adaptability in mind so residents with limitations can still experience the benefits from physical activity. Stretchersize is an exercise program that can be modified to a person’s ability. Regardless of the change, the program still improves general fitness, flexibility, mobility, balance and muscle tone through purposeful movement.
Additional classes include Roll and Stroll, a supervised aerobics-based program of walking with others, both indoors and outdoors, for fitness and enjoyment; circuit training, an all-levels, fun, fast-paced exercise class set to music; and tai chi, a class focused on graceful movements and designed as a gentle way to fight stress and anxiety, while increasing flexibility and balance.
"Circuit Training and Flexercise classes are the best,” said Phil K., a resident at Arbour Square. “Not only do the classes get me in shape, but the instructor also makes it really fun to do!"
In addition to the enhancements to fitness programs, residents can expect to taste changes in the menu. Award-winning chef David Lademann is looking to revamp recipes using fresh fruits and vegetables from the seniors’ community garden.
“We are trying to incorporate a more farm-to-table type of dining,” said Kehan.
But, what can residents and incoming seniors expect in the near future? How about a boxing class, more Couples Night-In events with live music for dancing, and additional destination outings? Find out first-hand why seniors are loving life here. Call 267-677-1200 to schedule a non-obligatory tour.
Arbour Square of Harleysville is an all-inclusive, independent living community that promotes a vibrant retirement lifestyle. Services include delicious home cooked meals served in our beautiful dining room, activities and social events, exercise and wellness programs, trips and transportation, housekeeping services and much more. Arbour Square offers residents a month-to-month lease with no long-term contracts or entrance fees. For more information, please call Julie Kline, director of marketing, at 267-677-1200, or visit www.arboursquare.com