Do most assisted living communities provide a fitness center?

  1. Molly Dworken 10/16/2012 05:33PM

    Staying fit and active as we age is one way to maintain good health, lower cholesterol, reduce blood pressure, and stabilize blood sugar and even stave off the symptoms of diseases like Alzheimer's. For this reason, both group and individual exercise should be part of every assisted living community.

    Many assisted living communities provide a fitness center within the community, where residents can take advantage of cardio equipment like treadmills and ellipticals, as well as weight training equipment. They might even have personal trainers on staff that can instruct residents in the proper way to use equipment and design an effective workout program that will keep seniors exercising regularly.

    If an assisted living community does not have an on-site fitness center (some do not), they should provide free, regular transportation to local fitness facilities, gyms, or health clubs.

    In addition, some seniors may prefer to take a group exercise class, swim, walk, play tennis, play golf, or do other activities to stay fit. When you're shopping around for an assisted living community, find out what fitness activities are offered, on campus and off, that will fit your interests and ability level.