By Greg Pascucci
Sure, exercise keeps you looking good physically, but did you know physical fitness can keep your brain looking young? A new study published in the journal, “Neurology”, measured the cognitive abilities of nearly 1,000 seniors—average age 71—and found that the brains of those who exercised moderately looked 10 years younger than those who did not exercise regularly.
The University of Miami research also noted there was also less of a cognitive decline in the seniors with a more active workout schedule.
Innovative active retirement communities have embraced this theory and are encouraging and celebrating exercise as an essential component in successful aging. Wellness programs are now designed to keep older adults physically and mentally young at heart.
“Our residents are proof of the correlation between exercise and aging,” said Frank White, executive director at The Carlisle Naples, a luxury active retirement community. “From instructor-led classes to our state-of-the-art fitness center with machines designed specifically for seniors, The Carlisle offers an inviting environment—whether a resident is just beginning an exercise regime or is a lifelong fitness enthusiast.”
At The Carlisle, located on Airport Pulling Road, a full-time Program Director ensures there are opportunities for residents to lead an active, vibrant lifestyle. The upcoming Summer Olympic Challenge is just one of the community’s many activities that promote health and wellness.
The competition, now in its 14th year, pits neighbor against neighbor in a series of physical and mental challenges. “The Carlisle Draft” was held last month for residents to decide on team captains and to secure players for each team: Gators, Panthers and Tarpons.
The teams will then compete in a in a variety of physical challenges ranging from Bowling, Golf Putting, Bocce Ball to mental competition such as Jeopardy, Crosswords and a Spelling Bee.
The Olympic Senior Challenge will kick off on July 24 with a lively pep-rally—complete with Torch Lighting—and run through July 28. A celebratory Closing Ceremony will take place and the individual and team awards will be presented.
In addition the annual event, there are numerous fitness classes offered at the community weekly. From water fitness to Tai Chi, the award-winning community’s wellness program both challenges and inspires.
It’s never too late to begin a healthier lifestyle and age should never be a deterrent to physical fitness. Exercise has been shown to slow down the rate of aging. There is also an abundance of evidence confirming exercise is a major factor in the reduction of approximately two dozen health conditions, including dementia, cancer, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.
Lack of activity is also linked to more doctors’ visits, hospitalizations and more use of medicines for a variety of illnesses.
Experts suggest the following fitness tips:
• Consult with your doctor before beginning any exercise program, especially if there is a history of heart conditions;
• Start slow and build your endurance. Walk for 5 minutes, then gradually increase your time;
• Vary your workout by including aerobics and strength training;
• Be sure to hydrate and maintain a balanced diet;
• Listen to your body—know your limitations.
“The Carlisle’s programs make wellness a way of life for residents, regardless of age,” added White. “They are reaping the many benefits of an active lifestyle and as one resident recently pointed out, ‘we’re keeping our minds and bodies going’ by participating in all that The Carlisle offers.”
Located at 6945 Carlisle Court in Naples, The Carlisle offers spacious one-and two-bedroom residences, weekly housekeeping and flat linen services, basic cable TV, all utilities except telephone, and a complimentary full breakfast plus choice of lunch or dinner in the community’s gourmet-style restaurant. For more information about the community, please call 239-221-0017 or visit www.TheCarlisleNaples.com.
The Carlisle, a luxury, resort-style senior living community in North Naples, offers both Independent and Assisted Living lifestyles. Available on a monthly fee basis, the ECC-licensed and CARF-accredited community boasts a full range of services and amenities including 12-hour restaurant dining, housekeeping, transportation and activities. Located on Airport-Pulling Road, between Pine Ridge and Immokalee Roads, the award-winning community’s lush tropical environment is highlighted with meandering walking paths around three lakes and tranquility gardens. For more information or to schedule a tour, please call Director of Marketing Greg Pascucci at 239-221-0017.
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