Getting older doesn’t have to mean a decline in health. Algiers seniors recently learned this lesson along with the keys to healthy aging from industry experts at the Belleville Assisted Living Center Health and Wellness Symposium.
The free event, hosted at the start of September’s National Healthy Aging Month, mirrored the wellness procedures integrated into the lives of the residents of the retirement community, paying special attention to common concerns such as weight gain, fatigue, and stress.
Belleville Assisted Living Center resident Carol Gassen attended the event, hoping to learn more about physical fitness and healthy eating.
“The workout session showed me exercises I can do even if I am seated,” Gassen said. “Now I know I can do exercises that won’t hurt me, like tapping my feet and raising my legs.”
Certified instructors from Live 2B Healthy Senior Fitness treated Gassen and other attendees to a light workout geared toward all fitness levels. During the workout, trainer Liz Bordelon stressed the importance of exercising smaller muscles in the hands and wrists to maintain motor function.
“A lot of the health issues that are associated with aging are actually from falling into a more sedentary lifestyle,” said Live 2B Healthy regional owner Barry Scott. “Being physically fit can reduce these issues and potentially the need for some medications.”
The symposium was a first of its kind for the facility as it sought to share its holistic health care philosophy with those living outside of the retirement community.
“It’s important that we are a resource not just for our residents but for the community as a whole,” Carolyn Smith, Director of Marketing at Belleville Assisted Living, said. “For seniors or caretakers it can be very challenging when you start thinking about insurance and the future. We try to simplify the amount of information available by doing these smaller programs.”
Additional presentations focused on simple habits seniors can develop with topics focused on both physical and mental wellness such as oral health, dietary recommendations, reducing stress and improving memory and cognition.
Event speakers included representatives from West Jefferson Medical Center, Tulane Medical Center, Smiles 2 Geaux, and Peoples Health.
Kiwanis Club of Algiers
The Kiwanis Club of Algiers will host Christiana Limniatis of the National Alliance on Mental Illness on Sept. 18 at 7 a.m. The club meets every Thursday morning at the Aurora Tennis and Swim Club, 5244 Gen. Meyer Ave. For more information, call 504.391.0667.
Article written by Sarah Tiambeng. Article sourced from Nola.com