Exercise Keeps Local Aged Care Residents Young at Heart

Posted by Shelby Hutchison | 11 Apr 2013

All McKenzie facilities have always encouraged a great range of exercise and activities for all residents to encourage and improve health and wellbeing.

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The benefits of a focus on mind and body exercise have long been promoted as a great way to improve health and wellbeing. For residents at The Armitage, McKenzie’s facility in Windsor Victoria, it is a great way for residents to keep young at heart.

Deborah Buchanan, Activities Coordinator at The Armitage, says the focus is on creating a fun and interesting exercise program to keep residents active and engaged to improve their quality of life.

“Every day residents have the option to take part in some of our activities which are tailored to all ability levels,” says Deborah.

“This could involve our sit-down dance exercises with classic old time dance hall music, gentle movement to cultural music, National Heart Foundation exercises, Wii competitions, walks in the gardens, gentle yoga or games such as quoits or ten pin bowling.

“These sessions have proved fantastic for improving residents’ concentration, self esteem, and general well-being.”

A key part of how the McKenzie Aged Care Group maintains a lively and engaged community at each of its facilities is through a comprehensive lifestyle activities program.

“Regular social activities play a major role in the health and wellbeing of residents and can alleviate feelings of anxiety and isolation that some residents experience when they first enter aged care,” says Deborah.

“One of our social activities is the weekly bus trip – we visit local shopping centres, have fish and chips at the beach, picnics in the park or even visit flower farms.

“We pride ourselves on helping residents achieve fulfilled lifestyles by offering activities, events and services that fulfill residents individually, socially, culturally and spiritually.”

The Armitage is a stylish purpose-built facility in Windsor offering a full range of high, low and respite care.