King Farm Blog
Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2017
Residents have a field day for brain health
The residents of Ingleside at King are celebrating Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month by engaging in one of the best activities to keep a brain healthy—moving.
Being active is associated with a lower risk of brain issues, and the retirement community is emphasizing that fact with the Longest Day, a walk on June 21 to support the Alzheimer’s Association and bring awareness about Alzheimer’s disease. Participants are joining people across the country in The Longest Day event on the summer solstice to raise funds to fight the disease.
Researchers are making many exciting new discoveries that reveal the close connection between our bodies and our brains. According to the Administration for Community Living (ACL), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, it turns out that the same habits and activities that contribute to overall wellness are also good for our brains.
First and foremost, the ACL recommends that we get our hearts pumping for at least 30 minutes most days. Taking a brisk evening walk, playing with the grandkids or participating in a more formal, regular exercise program fills the bill. A healthy, low solid-fat diet with lots of fresh fruits and veggies, keeping blood pressure under control, getting a good night’s rest, staying connected with friends and family and challenging our brains by learning something new are other steps we can take to promote healthy brains.
On June 21, Ingleside at King Farm residents and guests are enjoying a fun walk around the community, choosing one of three different routes, or a special indoor exercise program led by Fitness Manager Cody Christian.
The walk for Alzheimer’s is an annual event to raise awareness about brain health and raise funds to fight Alzheimer’s disease. Every day, however, Ingleside at King Farm offers water aerobics in the indoor, heated swimming pool and scheduled exercise classes, plus fitness equipment to help residents attain optimal fitness. Friends and neighbors can join one another for a daily walk around the grounds. Healthy dining options are available daily.
The retirement community also offers plenty of activities that promote social engagement and lifelong learning. Residents enjoy discussion groups, classes, entertainment, trips to cultural attractions and performances, and creative pursuits. It’s easy for folks to make friends in this welcoming, caring community, and all of that helps to keep bodies and minds engaged and healthy.
Ingleside at King Farm offers person-centered Memory Care with innovative programs to maximize capabilities as part of its highly rated Comprehensive Care program. The community is sharing its expertise with people who live outside the community through Ingleside Engaged, a social day club for people with dementia-related cognitive impairment who live outside the community.
If you’d like to learn more about this extraordinary continuing care retirement community, please call us at 202-407-9672.