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The trick to New Year’s resolutions as you age

Five easy ways to stick with yours at Lantern Hill

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January 12th, 2017
The aquatics center at Lantern Hill.

The aquatics center at Lantern Hill provides community members with year-round opportunities to swim laps, take water fitness classes, and enjoy watching their grandchildren splash and play.

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. Lantern Hill makes keeping these top five New Year’s resolutions easy. 

1. Fitness

Wellness Coordinator Chris Hynson says use of Lantern Hill’s fitness center has grown from 2 members when the community opened last summer to 25 people a day. 

“It’s very exciting,” he says. “I encourage residents to keep coming back and make the fitness center part of their regular habits so they feel stronger, less achy, and do their regular activities with ease.”

The fitness center features treadmills; NuStep machines; free weights; elliptical trainers; a SciFit cross-trainer; and group fitness classes, including yoga, tai chi, and Strength ‘N’ Tone. Hynson offers personal training sessions and package options for an additional charge. 

Since the indoor aquatics center opened in early fall, Hynson has added classes like Water ‘n’ Weights. 

“I took a workshop for aqua instruction, and I could see and feel myself the benefits of aqua resistance, especially for knee, hip, and shoulder rehabilitation,” Hynson says. 

Residents also frequent the swimming pool for laps or to entertain grandchildren. 

“When I see residents with their grandkids in the pool, it’s very touching because we are a family-oriented community,” Hynson adds. 

Is this the year you stick with a fitness routine?

2. Stress-free living

Lantern Hill is known for its maintenance-free lifestyle, where all home and yard maintenance is no longer a concern. Many people don’t realize that the New Providence community also promotes stress relief through fitness and wellness classes like yoga and tai chi. When the salon opens on campus, residents will be able to book massages and other relaxing spa treatments.

Although meditation can be beneficial at any age, it is particularly helpful for older adults. Moving meditation, like tai chi and yoga, 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

Before Sandy and Melvin Feldman solidified their decision to move to Lantern Hill, they did their retirement research. “We looked at two columns and compared costs of living in our house to the costs of living at Lantern Hill. There was not a significant difference,” Sandy says. 

Although their costs remain relatively the same, they get so much more at Lantern Hill.

The refundable entrance fee secures their apartment home and protects their nest egg, and a monthly service package covers their living expenses. 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, and a declining balance meal plan, which can be used at any of the restaurants. 

It also includes snow-clearing services in winter and under-building parking.

With predictable living expenses and a secure nest egg, community members like Sandy and Melvin can rest easy regarding financial security.

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

4. Proactive health

The on-site medical center, outpatient rehabilitation, and fitness and aquatics center create a well-rounded approach to health and wellness for those who live at the New Providence community. It’s peace of mind for some, a necessity for others, and a big benefit for everyone. 

At its core, the Lantern Hill medical center, managed by Summit Medical Group, encourages both Medicare annual wellness visits conducted by an advanced practice nurse and physician assessments of functional and/or cognitive concerns so people stay ahead of their health.

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

Should anyone need additional care down the road, Lantern Hill’s on-site continuing care neighborhood, opening soon, will provide 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

Even as a brand-new community, just over six months old, Lantern Hill has lots to offer in terms of interest groups and classes. 

By September, just three months after opening, Lantern Hill had a healthy list of clubs and  activities, which continues to grow each week. From ping-pong and current events discussions to movies and card games, residents have been forming groups so they can pursue lifelong passions or learn new skills.

Months before moving in May 2016 from Millington, N.J., Sandy was already making new friends as a member of the library committee. Since moving, she participates in yoga and other activities. “I’d like to take a pottery class if it’s offered later on,” she says.

With an on-site concierge to assist residents with starting new interest groups, the sky’s the limit. 

Is this the year you learn a new skill or return to one of your favorite hobbies? 

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