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The trick to New Year’s resolutions

Five easy ways to stick with yours at Wind Crest

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January 11th, 2017
Water volleyball at the Wind Crest aquatics center.

Water volleyball is a fun way to work fitness into your weekly schedule. At Wind Crest, community members play three times a week year-round in the glass-enclosed aquatics center that overlooks the Front Range.

Think back over the years. How many New Year’s resolutions have you made? And how many have you kept? 

Make this the year you keep your resolutions. Life at Wind Crest makes keeping these top five New Year’s resolutions easy. 

1. Fitness

Before moving to Wind Crest, Blanche Barra played golf. But, she says, she didn’t have time to do much else. Now, since Wind Crest’s maintenance-free lifestyle gives her more time to do as she pleases, she finds she’s more active than ever. 

After participating in a campus triathlon shortly after moving from North Carolina in 2014, Blanche has kept up the routine of walking, swimming, and biking. She particularly enjoys playing water volleyball several mornings a week in Wind Crest’s glass-enclosed swimming pool overlooking the Front Range. 

Aside from water volleyball, the Wind Crest fitness centers offer 27 weekly classes, including aerobics, Aqua Fit and Aqua Pilates, Cardio N’ Core, chair and gentle yoga, Quick Core, tai chi, and Parkinson’s Exercise Essentials.

Is this the year you stick with a fitness routine?

2. Stress-free living

Wind Crest is known for its maintenance-free lifestyle, where all home and yard maintenance is no longer a concern. However, many people don’t realize that Wind Crest also promotes stress relief through fitness and wellness classes like meditation and yoga, as well as spa treatments like massage. 

A new meditation class led by Wellness Manager Cynthia “Gina” Muaau helps community members relax and re-center. 

“Stress affects older adults differently. As people get older, wounds heal more slowly and illness becomes harder to shake,” Muaau says. “For these reasons, it is very important to learn ways to manage stress. We started our meditation class to address these issues and to educate residents on stress reduction.” 

While meditation can benefit one at any age, it is particularly helpful for older adults. Meditation aids memory; assists digestion; activates the “happy” part of the brain; and decreases long-term stress from various sources like chronic illness, disability, or the loss of a spouse. 

Is this the year you let go of stress and anxiety? 

3. Financial security

With predictable living expenses and a secure nest egg, community members like Char Aubin and her husband Bob can rest easy regarding financial security. “It makes everything simpler,” she says.

The refundable entrance deposit secures their apartment home and protects their nest egg, while a monthly service package covers their living expenses (the Residence and Care Agreement has full details). So instead of juggling a stack of bills each month, they write just one check.

The predictable monthly service fee, which corresponds to the size of each apartment home, includes all home maintenance, professional landscaping, property taxes, 24/7 security, utilities, a flexible meal plan, and use of all amenities like the indoor pool and fitness center. 

It also includes snow-clearing services in winter and year-round transportation to and from local destinations like the grocery store and doctors’ offices. 

Is this the year you secure your nest egg and solidify your budget? 

4. Proactive health

As a nurse, Char really wanted to live in a community that provides the total transition of care. “I thought [Wind Crest] was a really good value,” Char says. 

Perhaps one of the most impressive efforts at Wind Crest is the coordination of each community member’s wellness or rehabilitation plan between on-site medical doctors, occupational and physical therapists, and the fitness center staff. 

“I have asked our medical doctors to write a prescription for exercise,” Muaau says. “Many times when the doctor tells residents to do something and they have something tangible, like a prescription, they are more likely to comply.”

Fitness staff also works closely with the physical therapists who refer patients after their release from rehabilitation. “This helps to alleviate the recidivism so to speak, which includes injury, fall, or hospitalization. We are able to pick up where rehab leaves off so that we can help to stop this vicious cycle,” Muaau says.

Should anyone need additional care down the road, Wind Crest’s on-site continuing care neighborhood provides patient-centered short-term and outpatient rehabilitation, assisted living, skilled nursing, and memory care. As a fee-for-service community, people only pay for care they receive.

Is this the year you stay ahead of your health?

5. New hobbies

When she’s not walking, swimming, or biking, Blanche volunteers at a local school and on Wind Crest’s health and wellness committee; plays bridge, rumicube, and other games; and enjoys the senior group at St. Andrew United Methodist Church as well as Christian Fellowship at Wind Crest.

“I got involved in activities immediately,” Blanche says of her active lifestyle. “I meet friends every day.” 

Wind Crest currently has more than 100 clubs and activities—a number that continues to grow. If a resident wants an activity not currently available, he or she works with a community resources manager to gauge the interest level among all residents. 

Clubs and activities increase motivation and accountability. “You learn new things, challenge yourself, and keep your mind active,” says Community Resources Manager Craig Ellsworth.

Is this the year you learn a new hobby or return to one of your favorites?