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    Carmel, Indiana

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    The Barrington Hosts Wellness Events in Honor of Active Aging Week

    The Barrington of Carmel, Hamilton County’s true life care retirement community, recently completed a four-day celebration promoting the benefits of leading an active and healthy lifestyle, while highlighting older adults’ abilities to live well, in honor of Active Aging Week. This annual week-long campaign is led by the International Council on Active Aging® (ICAA) and is a nationwide effort to engage seniors in a variety of wellness activities. This year’s theme “Live Your Adventure” was perfect for The Barrington residents, as the onsite fitness specialist Talisa Kupfer challenges them daily to be adventurous through Masterpiece Living®. Masterpiece Living is a program based on scientific research specifically, the 10-year Study on Aging conducted by the MacArthur Foundation. Results from that study revealed that the way people age is mostly determined by lifestyle or simple choices made each day, such as where a person lives and their eating habits. Masterpiece Living representatives work with The Barrington’s staff to create wellness programs and help the residents age successfully with measurable and personalized goals addressing all aspects of health–physical, intellectual, social and spiritual. The Barrington is the only retirement community in the state to offer this program.

    “I appreciate the concept behind the International Council on Active Aging because it is so important to remind people about the contributions that adults over the age of 50 continue to make within their communities and to raise awareness about their capabilities and dedication to maintaining good health,” said Kupfer. “Masterpiece Living emphasizes that it is never too late to make lifestyle changes that lead to improved fitness and better health. We have a committee of residents here at The Barrington who are in charge of organizing activities, seminars and opportunities to increase their fellow residents’ knowledge about nutrition and healthy choices, so joining this national effort only made sense for all of us to do.”

    This is the second year that The Barrington has participated in the national movement observing Active Aging Week. To start off this time, a health fair was hosted on campus, during which several local vendors, including Grandview Pharmacy and Stouts Shoes, presented information to the residents. Representatives from St. Vincent Carmel Hospital also attended and discussed their medical alert system. Other booths at the health fair were operated by The Barrington’s in-house therapists and doctor, and residents were able to have mini-assessments for blood pressure, cholesterol levels and BMI measurements. The onsite dietician for The Barrington, Elaine Gower, also was there to give the residents portion control tips for meals.

    Later in the week, Sarah Nemeck, a certified instructor from Inner Peace Yoga Center, led a special yoga presentation and demonstration at The Barrington. That session was well-attended, and the residents were encouraged to check out the regular yoga classes offered at The Barrington and experience low-impact cardio, increased flexibility and resistance training with Nemeck once a week. Another popular event was an apple-themed happy hour for “National Apple Month.” Residents discovered the significant health benefits of eating apples and having them as substitutes for more decadent desserts. For example, residents enjoyed apple slices with a thin layer of peanut butter and a few chocolate chips as “Apple Cookies” as an alternative to the regular and more sugar-filled kind. Apple cider was also provided.

    Additionally during Active Aging Week, The Barrington gave more than 100 mobility reviews to residents. These reviews are given annually to help the seniors gauge their progress and make measurable comparisons and goals for their physical health.

    “I’m inspired by the residents here on a daily basis,” said Kupfer. “The best part of my job is seeing them improve their health and seeing how personally motivated they are to do so. This was a great way to encourage more residents to attend our fitness classes or set goals for themselves, and we plan to continue to participate in this nationwide movement again next fall with even more unique activities.”
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