Staying Active Yields Healthy Rewards at Cribbs Residential Center
Winters in Northwest PA vary from long and cold to short and mild, but the one thing we can count on is dreary, snowy days making it ever so tempting to curl up on the couch and wait for spring. Studies show that overall health is maintained and improved by staying engaged with body, mind, and spirit. When we neglect to stay active at any age, muscle loss occurs rapidly which has adverse effects, especially on older adults.
To shake the winter blues and stay strong, Wesbury’s Cribbs Residential Center Activities has launched a new fitness program that celebrates Wesbury’s 100th Anniversary. In the “100-step Challenge,” program is motivating residents to keep moving all season long.
“Exercising every morning gets me loosened up and moving. I like being with the others in the group, and my physical therapist says I am moving better since I started going every day,” says Cribbs resident, Nancy Gable.
While the “100-step Challenge” program keeps us moving physically, it’s equally important to stay engaged mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. On any given day, you will find residents playing games. The competitive spirit comes alive as they play UNO, poker and 500 or group mind games like crossword and reminisce. While having a good time socializing, these games exercise the mind using knowledge and strategy.
Each week, the spirit is lifted with on-campus church services, Bible study classes, musical programs, and a variety of lifelong learning classes and lectures that can range from subjects like local and national history to healthy living topics. No matter the weather, getting out brightens the mood.
“Even though we are offering an incentive to participate, that is not what drives them to get involved. It’s really more about being with others, feeling better and experiencing new things, which is something we look for at any age,” says Stacey Hoey, Cribbs Life Enrichment Coordinator.