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Pursue Your Hobbies within your Retirement Community

There is a common misconception that making the move to a retirement community can limit your ability to continue practicing your favorite hobbies or even take up new ones. This could not be further from the truth! Retirement communities offer programs, tools and amenities that make it easier than ever to access the materials and spaces you need. Wesley Enhanced Living Retirement Communities offer a variety of services to help you maintain a rich and active lifestyle including:
  • Media Rooms: If you enjoy spending time online, keep in touch with family and friends near and far via email, or want to learn more about computers, our media rooms with Internet access are the place to be. We also offer a range of entertainment options and can help you stay up-to-date with your favorite shows and films.
  • Libraries: Whether you have already read most of the classics or are looking for a place to start, our libraries offer a wide range of books covering diverse interests and topics. Make reading your hobby or learn another skill by reading up on it.
  • Swimming:With pools in several of our communities,   we offer the perfect opportunity for low-impact fitness and pool-side activities. You can take up lane swimming, enjoy a heated therapy pool or join an aqua fit class.
  • Cooking:Not only are our independent living apartment homes and cottages fully equipped with new kitchens, our communities also offer cooking classes to expand your culinary knowledge. Try out new recipes or continue to enjoy your favorites. Time spent in the kitchen can be therapeutic and fun.
  • Faith:  If your faith plays a big role in your life, our retirement communities offer worship services, spiritual programs and faith areas designed to allow you time and opportunity for reflection. Whether spiritual or religious, we offer programming that allows you to keep and grow your faith.
  • Games and Billiards Rooms: Taking part in games that are social is a great way to make new friends, share new experiences and pick up new skills. Whether you become a pool shark or the next World Series of Poker Champion, you’re guaranteed to enjoy a good laugh and some healthy competition with fellow community members.
  • Fitness: Why not take up a hobby that will reward you with better health? No matter what your current activity level, our retirement communities offer fitness studios with a range of classes and activity types to get you moving. Try body fitness classes, seated yoga, tai chi or balance training to stay in great shape.
  • Social Activities:  Prefer to practice your hobbies with the company of others? Our communities have a host of planned social events, weekly activities and outings that you can take part in.
Wesley Enhanced Living’s six communities throughout Bucks, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties, offers high quality care and a variety of services and amenities so you can continue to lead a balanced life. Call us for more information and fill out the New Resident Application form when you are ready. We offer specialized care, exciting activities, programming and different living options to help you continue to live a fulfilling life.  To find out if Wesley Enhanced Living is the right retirement community for you or your loved one, please visit us. Click here to request more information.

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Senior Fitness and Staying Active

In today’s modern era, people are living longer, more fulfilling lives, with each new day being an opportunity to maintain and even grow their healthy lifestyle.  Staying active is a key to leading a long, happy life, and seniors shouldn't be discouraged for having less stamina or strength than in their youth. “Exercise is crucial to the health and well-being of seniors,” said Kimberly Halladay, a fitness instructor at Wesley Enhanced Living Main Line. “Despite the limitations that inevitably come with the aging process, exercise can really improve quality of life. Gentle range-of-motion exercises increase joint flexibility. Weight training improves muscle and joint strength and promotes bone growth. Cardiovascular workouts improves heart and lung health and boosts production of feel-good endorphins.”   Let the New Year usher in a new you. There is no better time to start a new, active lifestyle than now. Halladay recommends, “Start slow and stay consistent. Ask questions and try different activities. Exercise has so many physical and emotional health benefits. Moving the body actively engages your brain, too.”   Don’t feel like going it alone? There is always the option to get involved in group fitness classes; “The social aspect of attending classes with a friend is so important, especially for seniors,” said Halladay. “They keep each other accountable. We have seen many friendships form among WEL Main Line residents who meet each other at classes, in the pool or our strength training room. It's nice to see folks who may otherwise be alone come out and accomplish things together with other members of our community. They come to class early and stay late just to chat, catch up and connect.” Wesley Enhanced Living Main Line offers a wide variety of group classes that make working out fun:
  • Seated stretch and strengthening classes in partnership with the Arthritis Foundation
  • Balance and line dancing
  • Cardio flex and press that includes easy aerobics with strength and balance components
  • Seated yoga
  • Seated Tai Chi and meditation
Or, enjoy WEL’s indoor pool and take advantage of:
  • Aqua Zumba
  • Aqua ballet
  • Aqua exercises in partnership with the Arthritis Foundation
  • One-on-one training
WEL Main Line also has a top-notch strength training room where residents can work one-on-one with fitness professionals. Residents receive personalized assessments and workout routines to meet the needs of each individual.  Make 2016 the year to get active and enjoy the benefits of a healthy body for years to come. If you’re interested in learning more about Wesley Enhanced Living Main Line and the community’s fitness programs and classes, visit www.wel.org or call 610-353-7660 today

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Healthy Activities to Enjoy with Your Loved Ones this Winter

As the weather outside turns from cool to bitter cold, it can be tempting to hunker down inside and stay cozy. Nonetheless, winter offers new opportunities to get active, spend time with loved ones and take part in healthy seasonal activities. Being part of a senior living community provides even more opportunities to make the winter season happy and healthy. Wesley Enhanced Living retirement communities offer services and amenities to help you get the most out of this winter. Keeping active socially, mentally and physically can help you enjoy the cold temperatures and avoid any winter blues. Here are a few of the ways we can help you have a great season:
  • Hobbies: Spend the snowy months mastering old hobbies, learning new past times and enhancing your personal development. Whether you enjoy solitary activities or prefer a more social environment, our retirement community can help you stay busy and maintain an active mind, body and spirit this winter.
  • Interests: Whether you already take part in seasonal activities, or are looking to start enjoying the winter weather in a more active way, our communities offer different activities, planned events and outings to help you get outside. If you already have year-round hobbies or want to add more skills or activities to your calendar, our range of services and amenities can help.
  • Location: Finding a senior living residence that is close to your friends, family or existing neighborhood can help you stay in touch with loved ones all year. Our six retirement communities are located in Bucks, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties, giving you options to stay close. We understand that keeping in touch with your family and friends is important year-round, especially during the colder months, and we encourage our residents to have their children and grandchildren visit as much as possible.
  • Fitness: Winter is the perfect time to start a more active routine. Enjoy the beautiful snow on our walking trails or take part in a new fitness class. Seated yoga, tai chi, and full body fitness classes are sure to keep you warm even when it is cold outside. “Exercise is crucial to the health and well-being of seniors,” said Kimberly Halladay, a fitness instructor at Wesley Enhanced Living Main Line. “Despite the limitations that inevitably come with the aging process, exercise can really improve quality of life. Gentle range-of-motion exercises increase joint flexibility. Weight training improves muscle and joint strength and promotes bone growth. Cardiovascular workouts improve heart and lung health and boost production of feel-good endorphins.”
Wesley Enhanced Living’s network of senior living communities are located in Bucks, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties. We offer high quality care and plenty of options for a healthy, active lifestyle year-round. To find out more information, give us a call or fill out the New Resident Application form when you are ready. We offer a wide range of services, specialized care, activities and different living options to help you or a loved one continue to live life to the fullest all winter long. Visit us today to see if Wesley Enhanced Living is the right retirement home for you or your loved one. Click here to request more information.

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What to Look for in a Retirement Community

Making big changes can be a challenge at any stage in your life, but making the transition to a senior living community can be particularly difficult. Concerns about independence, seeing loved ones and maintaining hobbies are often top of mind for people looking to make the move into a retirement community. Luckily, many communities now offer amenities, activities and flexibility that can help you or your loved one continue to live their best life. While the quality and services of senior living communities have increased over the past years, it is still important to find a location that is suited to your unique expectations and needs. If you are looking to move to a new retirement community, here are some considerations you must make to ensure you get the best lifestyle possible:
  • Quality: Read about different communities and the caretakers who work there. Consider cleaning and maintenance staff, healthcare providers and the number of staff in relation to the number of residents. If you or your loved one prefer more personal care or a higher level of privacy, look at the options provided and weigh pros and cons accordingly.
  • Price: There are a range of pricing options among senior living communities. Depending on the living arrangements, level of care required and amenities offered, some communities may be more affordable than others. Take price into account and compare your current cost of living to different accommodations. Limiting the financial stress of the move will help you and your family get the most out of your new living situation.
  • Location: Being able to see friends and family is a major consideration for most people entering a retirement community. Choosing a location near your old neighborhood or family makes having visitors easier. Seeing loved ones regularly can make the transition into community living easier and also ensures you can take part in family events and holidays.
  • Amenities: It is important that you can still take part in your favorite activities and remain both physically and socially active as you enter a new living arrangement. Libraries, computer access, faith centers, swimming pools and fitness studios are offered at many continuing care communities. Also be sure to take a look at the planned social events, weekly activities and outings. Decide what amenities are important to you and seek a community that can meet your needs.
  • Services: The community should offer aging services that can grow with you and provide the flexibility you need to make long term arrangements.
Wesley Enhanced Living provides a range of options, from independent living to personal care, to rehabilitation and skilled nursing, to specialized services for those with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Consider the training and skills of employees in the community and feel free to ask questions that pertain to your healthcare requirements. Wesley Enhanced Living’s six communities throughout Philadelphia and its suburbs can offer high quality services and keep you healthy and active. Give us a call for more information and fill out the New Resident Application form when you are ready. We offer a variety of services, specialized care, exciting activities, programming and different living options to help you or your loved one continue to live a fulfilling life. To see if Wesley Enhanced Living is the right retirement community for you or your loved one, please visit us. Click here to request more information.

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Discovering New Interests at any Age

It’s never too late to try something new. When approaching retirement, there is no need to fear boredom, loneliness, or isolation. In fact, retirement offers the perfect medium to expand your knowledge, create new memories, and broaden your social networks to help you discover hidden talents. There is no age limit on learning. Retirement is the best time to take advantage of all those “maybe next year” moments and expand your potential. Did you know that Julia Child didn’t write her first cook book until she was almost 50? Or that Colonel Sanders didn’t begin his Fried Chicken empire until 65? With the multitude of activities offered in today’s retirement communities, it is getting easier to rise to new heights and discover new talents. Learning new languages, creating artistic masterpieces, starring in theatrical productions, and growing community roots isn’t just for the young anymore. Not only does retirement living make building new skills accessible to residents- it offers a platform for seniors to grow and thrive. Recent studies show that seniors who stay busy are more involved socially which not only leads to new experiences, but also leads to new friendships. Many find engaging in social interactions while developing new interests therapeutic and relaxing. Only adding to the benefits of active learning, studies also show that those engaged in new activities show improved mental and physical health. An example of a modern retirement community, Wesley Enhanced Living (WEL) centers its resident experience on developing lifestyles where seniors wake up looking forward to their day. At Wesley Enhanced Living Main Line, residents and the surrounding community have a platform for which to exhibit their work and learn from the professionals. For example, in their monthly Artist Spotlight Series, WEL hosts a wine reception and lecture where a local artist displays their work while residents learn how it was created. Residents then have the opportunity to apply their new knowledge in WEL Main Line’s on-site art studio. Not interested in art? Take advantage of the community’s in-house lecture series featuring guest speakers that present topics including new technologies, historical events, diverse cultures, and iconic places. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. From theater groups, to fitness classes, to community events and bus trips, WEL offers the opportunity make retirement an everyday adventure. If you’re interested in learning more about Wesley Enhanced Living and how our communities can help you explore your possibilities, visit www.wel.org or call 877-U-AGE-WEL today.

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