Westminster at Lake Ridge Blog
Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2017
Residents have a field day for brain health
The residents of Westminster at Lake Ridge are celebrating Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month by engaging in one of the best activities to keep a brain healthy—moving.
Being active is associated with a lower risk of brain issues, and the retirement community is teaming up with the Alzheimer’s Association for a field day, the Longest Day, on June 21. The purpose of the day is to recognize Alzheimer’s and bring awareness about brain health. Participants are joining people across the country in The Longest Day event on the summer solstice to raise funds to fight the disease.
Researchers are making many exciting new discoveries that reveal the close connection between our bodies and our brains. According to the Administration for Community Living (ACL), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, it turns out that the same habits and activities that contribute to overall wellness are also good for our brains.
First and foremost, the ACL recommends that we get our hearts pumping for at least 30 minutes most days. Taking a brisk evening walk, playing with the grandkids or participating in a more formal, regular exercise program fills the bill. A healthy, low solid-fat diet with lots of fresh fruits and veggies, keeping blood pressure under control, getting a good night’s rest, staying connected with friends and family and challenging our brains by learning something new are other steps we can take to promote healthy brains.
Activities including pickleball and other outdoor sports and games are highlights of the Westminster at Lake Ridge field day, but this retirement community encourages residents to keep fit every day. Some love to take a daily swim or water aerobics class in our heated, indoor pool. Others enjoy tai chi, Zumba or yoga classes, while still others prefer to work out on the fitness center’s fitness equipment or work with a professional personal trainer through our partnership with Gold’s Gym. Westminster at Lake Ridge’s beautiful suburban campus encourages hikes through the grounds or on nearby trails. Healthy dining options are available daily.
The retirement community also offers plenty of programs that promote social engagement and lifelong learning. Residents enjoy discussion groups, classes, trips to cultural attractions and performances, and creative pursuits such as art and music groups. It’s easy for folks to make friends in this welcoming, caring community, and all of that helps to keep bodies and minds engaged and healthy.
If you’d like to learn more about this extraordinary continuing care retirement community, please call us at 703-436-8122.