Baby Boomers Seek Active Lifestyle
There comes a point in nearly everyone’s lives when living at home is no longer feasible.
“We’re all aging,” said Heidi Schneider, the director of sales and marketing for SilverCreek on Main in Maple Grove. “The baby boomers are aging, and we really need to focus on what the next group of baby boomers, and the next group of seniors, are gonna want.
What they want, according to Schneider, is a place like SilverCreek on Main, a three-year-old senior living community with a host of amenities.
“Here at SilverCreek on Main, our program director has them going to Twins games. They’re going to the arboretum. They’re going out to eat and golfing,” Schneider said.
It’s all part of living an active lifestyle. That was the theme of an expo taking place at SilverCreek Tuesday morning.
“What we don’t want to do is have residents isolate themselves either in their apartments or in their homes in the community,” Schneider said.
Active Aging Expo Promotes Vibrant Living
The goal of Tuesday’s expo is to connect residents with vendors who can help them improve their overall health. But SilverCreek also has another important amenity in the form of a wellness director who leads a variety of fitness classes on site.
During Tuesday’s expo, she showed off the Hydroworx Therapy and Exercise Pool. The pool has a built-in treadmill that people can use to help increase their mobility and balance.
“I was limping quite badly when I got here. I barely limp at all anymore,” said Jean Olson, a SilverCreek resident. “So I’m very pleased with that.”
When seniors have these resources readily available, it gives them a chance to maintain their strength as they age. It’s a key reason why many choose to live in a place like SilverCreek.
“Sometimes a common answer that we get as why they move in, is because of the wellness and health programs that we offer here,” said Heidi Johnston, SilverCreek’s wellness director. “They want to stay active and healthy. They want to continue doing all the activities outside of exercise.”
Meanwhile, according to the CDC, physical activity for seniors helps maintain their ability to live independently and reduces the risk of falling and fracturing bones.