As each new year arrives, many people find it's time to reevaluate their priorities. They want to focus on their well-being and make changes that help them live their best lives.
At Highland Springs, an Erickson Senior Living community in North Dallas, Tex., residents find it easy to adopt an active lifestyle. With tons of fitness activities across campus—surrounded by walkable, secure, and beautifully landscaped grounds—and amenities to support all facets of a resident’s well-being, the community is placing health and well-being at the forefront of 2022.
‘The sooner the better’
For resident Steven Guckenheimer, snagging four medals in the Highland Springs “Olympics” is just part of the fun of staying active.
From the wellness and fitness classes, enhanced by the state-of-the-art fitness centers; to the on-site medical center; outdoor recreation spots and walking paths; spiritual activities; and restaurants and entertainment, Steven and his wife Marsha have endless resources to choose from.
When Steven and Marsha joined the Highland Springs priority list, which confirmed their interest in an apartment home, they got to know the community and meet new friends on a first-hand basis. Another perk of becoming a priority list member is access to amenities—including the fitness center and medical center—as well as activities and events.
Steven used to visit the fitness center several days a week for about two years as a priority list member. He says that soon enough, residents began asking, “When are you moving in?”
Finally, in July 2018, he was able to reply: “I’m in!”
“Everyone in the fitness center said ‘the sooner the better,’ because when you’re younger and healthier, you’ll have more fun. I can confirm that!” said Steven. “I have just had a ball the last three years, taking advantage of almost everything exercise-wise that Highland Springs has to offer residents.”
Fitness you fancy
And those offerings are many. Group exercise classes, motivational programs, and personal training sessions happen anywhere and everywhere on campus—at two fitness centers, pool and whirlpool spa, walking trails, and more.
“We have a saltwater pool, which is a lot less harsh on the skin,” says Highland Springs Fitness Manager Nicole Eison. “We have resident-led groups, including a resident-taught water aerobics class and a water volleyball group. There’s a lot to do in the water, but anytime there’s nothing scheduled, it’s a free swim.”
Marsha stays active every day by walking their two dogs on the trail that surrounds serene Bluebonnet Lake. She loves it because, as Steven says, “She appreciates being out in the fresh air and seeing the flowers and the trees. She feels very safe and secure behind the gates, so even walking after dark is something she enjoys.”
For Steven and Marsha, the accessibility of Highland Springs’ amenities offers them the opportunity to shape their own wellness routine. Erickson Senior Living strives to help residents live their best lives, no matter their fitness level.
“Even if someone doesn’t want to go to the fitness center and use the treadmill, just getting up and walking to get their mail or grabbing a meal is much healthier than sitting, like they might’ve done when they lived in their single-family home,” says Sales Director Christina Christie.
For Highland Springs resident Karl Keffler, the one-on-one personal training; delivery of fresh, healthy meals; and the comprehensive, on-site medical center have made a dramatic difference in his well-being and quality of life.
“My balance has improved quite a bit since moving to Highland Springs,” says Karl. “The wonderful programs and expert staff have really made a difference.”
Like Marsha, Karl takes advantage of the Bluebonnet Lake Trail. But, what really motivated him to move to Highland Springs was the health care.
As with many people, Karl found that 2020 was a wake-up call—he decided it was important to have convenient access to high-quality medical care, “And this medical center is wonderful. That really sold me.”
Live your best life
The spiritual side of life can also enhance well-being—and Highland Springs offers many paths to explore.
Highland Springs TV and the fitness center offer mindfulness movement practices, such as yoga, tai chi, and qigong. Residents can also participate in multidenominational services, meetings, and programs around the campus offered through pastoral services.
Daily Devotion and Evening Prayer—with Pastor Jamie Bruning, pastoral ministries coordinator—air on HSTV channel 80, or residents can join in person at the Fountain View Theater. Residents may choose from Anglican, Episcopal, or Catholic communion services; Torah Byte; Sunday Bible Study; Biblical and Cultural Studies; Gratitude Meditation; and more.
“Residents are getting so much additional activity here by just doing their normal daily routine,” adds Christie. “Having so many activities and programs accessible, without having to get in the car and go, really promotes folks to take advantage of them. The easier it is, the more likely they are to engage, which is so important for a person’s overall well-being.”
Ready to take a look at the endless wellness amenities offered at Highland Springs? Schedule a virtual or in-person visit today.