October 19th, 2010
Use it or lose it! Trite? Maybe, but the residents of The Heathers Estates 55+ Adult Community Living at 2900 Douglas Drive in Crystal know it’s true.
91 year old, Elsie is the epitome of the adage. She bounces up the steps every day, rain or shine, to walk her sheltie Sparky and demonstrates her flexibility in Tai Chi class along with a dozen others who are keeping themselves fit and healthy.
Lea, 86 years old, and looking many years younger, is the fearless leader of both the weekly Tai Chi and Yoga classes. Keeping trim and working those muscles every day is the key to her longevity.
In the Heathers hexagon shaped building, Audrey 86, wearing headphones and walking laps inside the building in winter, and walking the Bassett Creek Park in summer is a whirling dervish of energy. She is volunteer extraordinaire in the community room and transportation for those who don’t drive.
Erna, also 86, participates in both Tai Chi and Yoga, and she shows them how it’s done. She is the volunteer leader with the Blanket Ladies Group donating time and money with caps and blankets for homeless babies and children.
Benefiting from Tai Chi and Yoga, 95-year-old Myrtle also reaps the benefits of weekly Water Aerobics. Though suffering from asthma, she is down every Tuesday morning in the superheated indoor pool and spa.
Lois is 87 and just returned from a five-day bus tour to Door County and Mackinaw Island. Jack, aka Smiling Jack, an avid golfer at age 84, goes golfing with his sons 2-3 times a week from May until October. Last week he shot a 38. Men’s Night is for socializing with just the guys and playing poker. Bob is 88 and swims the pool, 15 laps, 2 or 3 times a week. Keeping active and interested keeps seniors healthy and interesting.
Elaine is 77, but nothing stops her from being the Activities Director. She’s the one bringing in everything from a Violin concert to a Blue Grass band for free entertainment at this Lang-Nelson property.
These fit and healthy residents focus on the positives in their lives. You do not hear them complain about aches and pains, though I am sure they have some. All of these seniors’ behaviors and attitudes reflect the older, but wiser philosophy. And it is what keeps them young and strong and living a great quality of life.