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Brookdale University Park Offers Daily Physical Activity Programs

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Elderlaw attorney John Holliman dancing with a Brookdale residents at the “Western Party.”

The New Year always brings new goals no matter your age. Most goals center around eating healthier or exercising more. However, residents at Brookdale University Park execute this goal on a daily basis, since physical activity is one of the six dimensions of our Optimum Life Model. Studies show exercise and physical activity influence how well we age. And fitness even supports brain health! As we age, we are less active. By age 75 one in three men and one in two women do not engage in physical activity. According to the World Health Organization, inactivity is the cause of approximately 3.2 million deaths per year. The good news is that a little goes a long way. Twenty minutes of exercise, like walking, can act as an anti-inflammatory. And 25 minutes of moderate physical activity per day, plus strength training twice a week (including yoga), will meet the government’s fitness recommendations.

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Brookdale Home Health Coordinator Emily Milton, MS, OTR/L, engages attendees at Bluff Park United Methodist’s “Open Door Café” while presenting “Movement is Medicine,” a popular health talk offered by Brookdale University Park.

At Brookdale, Raphael McIlwain, Assisted Living Resident Programs Coordinator leads “B-Fit” exercise daily with our residents. It offers a well-rounded workout for our residents as well as a modified version for those who have limited mobility. “We have fun with our exercise every day. Several of the ladies really love to exercise and one, Janet McCroire, even takes the lead for one particular part of our program!” In addition to “B-Fit,” Brookdale offers many dancing opportunities including line dancing on Saturdays, a walking club and many more programs to keep our residents healthy and on the move!

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Resident Jane McCroire takes the lead in Brookdale’s “B-Fit” exercise classes.

-Leanne Messer

Brookdale University Park

Call Leanne at 205-870-0786 to learn more and schedule a tour.

About Optimum Life:  Optimum Life is the way we define wellness at Brookdale University Park. We meet you where you are with six dimensions of wellness so you’ll never stop growing.


An Invitation to Experience Brookdale

Residents of Brookdale University Park enjoy an engaging lifestyle with a selection of care options to meet changing needs. The community conveniently located off Lakeshore Drive offers a full continuum of care, including independent living, assisted living, Alzheimer’s and dementia care and skilled nursing and rehabilitation. Call 205-870-0786 to connect with one of our team members who would be delighted to help you plan your personal visit, †




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