Welcoming spring with the annual Winter Games

From bocce to bowling, ping pong to putting, a bevy of contests drew a record number of The Terraces’ residents to participate and to spectate. Staff and resident volunteers assisted with organizing the games, keeping score, and cheering on the contestants. Independent Living residents competed in cup stacking, ping pong, bocce, putting, golf chipping, 8-ball pool and Wii bowling. Renaissance residents competed in ring toss, target toss, putting, golf chipping, and bag toss.

The annual Winter Games is part of The Terraces’ dedication to healthy living and vitality for all of their residents. Physical activity plays a large role in well-being at any age.

According to WHO (World Health Organization), in adults aged 65 years and above, physical activity includes leisure time physical activity (for example: walking, dancing, gardening, hiking, swimming), transportation (e.g. walking or cycling), occupational (if the individual is still engaged in work), household chores, play, games, sports or planned exercise, in the context of daily, family, and community activities.

In order to improve cardiorespiratory and muscular fitness, bone and functional health, reduce the risk of non-communicable diseases, depression and cognitive decline:

  1. Older adults should do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity throughout the week or do at least 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity throughout the week or an equivalent combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity activity.
  2. Aerobic activity should be performed in bouts of at least 10 minutes duration.
  3. For additional health benefits, older adults should increase their moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity to 300 minutes per week, or engage in 150 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity per week, or an equivalent combination of moderate-and vigorous-intensity activity.
  4. Older adults, with poor mobility, should perform physical activity to enhance balance and prevent falls on 3 or more days per week.
  5. Muscle-strengthening activities, involving major muscle groups, should be done on 2 or more days a week.
  6. When older adults cannot do the recommended amounts of physical activity due to health conditions, they should be as physically active as their abilities and conditions allow.

Special events, holiday celebrations, educational programs, guest speakers, and a variety of inspiring activities take place throughout the year at The Terraces at Bonita Springs as part of the community’s active lifestyle programs. The Terraces is the only Life Plan Community for senior living in the Bonita Springs area. Living choices include independent living, assisted living, memory support, skilled nursing and rehabilitation. The Terraces is highlighted by fine resort-style amenities and services, in an Addison Mizner-inspired Mediterranean Revival setting. With a thoughtful emphasis on overall wellness, The Terraces offers a dedicated Vitality Program that addresses all aspects of wellness – in mind, body and spirit. A professional, dedicated staff takes care of all interior and exterior maintenance, cooking, housekeeping, and 24-hour security for the gated community. Living expenses are covered with one single monthly payment.

For more information, call (239) 221-8907.


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