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Maris Grove Fitness Manager Passionate About Helping Residents Stay Active and Healthy

March 25, 2019

John O'Donnell, LAT, ATC, brings his expertise in athletic training and senior fitness to his role at the senior living community.

The month of March is National Athletic Training Month which brings awareness and the importance of their work. With more than 25 years of experience as a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association, Fitness Manager John O'Donnell is an important member of the Fitness staff at Maris Grove, an Erickson Living developed and managed community in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania.

"I enjoy being an athletic trainer (AT) at Maris Grove because it allows me to contribute to the overall wellbeing of residents by helping them achieve their goals," said O'Donnell. "ATs Are Health Care - is the focus of this year's National Athletic Training Month and that is certainly true here at Maris Grove where I help residents achieve their goals of maintaining an active lifestyle and coordinate with both the Medical Center and Physical Therapy department to deliver a continuum of care for the resident."

As Fitness Manager, O'Donnell supervises the fitness staff and oversees the daily operations of all fitness and aquatic facilities on campus. He also provides group exercise instruction, personal training and promotes fitness opportunities to all Maris Grove residents.

"John is wonderful," said resident Linda Opher, who recently had knee replacement surgery and personal trains with John twice a week.  "He is welcoming, patient and encouraging to me and everyone that comes into the Fitness Center. Thanks to his support, I am on my way to achieving my fitness goals."

O'Donnell has been a member of the Maris Grove Resident Life Fitness team since the community opened in 2006.  He is a certified athletic trainer and holds dual certifications from the National Strength & Conditioning Association as a certified strength and conditioning specialist, and a certified personal trainer.  

As a result of Mr. O'Donnell's training and experience, he is a firm believer in living an active lifestyle, which includes regular exercise.

"It's easy to maintain an active lifestyle at Maris Grove," said O'Donnell.  "Residents can participate in our group exercise classes, workout at one of our fitness centers, swim in the all-season pool, and take a walk around our beautiful campus. Plus, our fabulous fitness staff is available to help our residents get and stay fit and realize their wellness goals."

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About Maris Grove: Maris Grove, one of 20 continuing care retirement communities developed and managed by Erickson Living®, is situated on a scenic 87-acre campus in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania. The community is located in Delaware County and is home to more than 1,600 residents. Additional information about Maris Grove can be found at

Photo: John O'Donnell, LAT, ATC, brings his expertise in athletic training and senior fitness to his role as Fitness Manager at Maris Grove.