The start of a new year is a great time to recommit to yourself. Many reflect on their health and determine ways in which they can live a more fulfilling life. With the abundance of wellness amenities and programs at Seabrook, an Erickson Senior Living community in Tinton Falls, New Jersey, residents never run out of ways to better their physical and mental well-being.
How Smart Technology Keeps Seniors in Shape
Thanks to a multimillion-dollar investment that Erickson Senior Living is making in its communities across the enterprise—to support the physical, emotional, and social well-being of residents—new, digital technologies are giving Seabrook residents even more ways to reach their fitness goals.
Using the Wellbeats app, residents can participate in on-demand and live yoga, meditation, and exercise classes from the comfort of their apartment homes. The app also provides nutrition information, recipes, fitness challenges, and other wellness resources.
The new Reflect Fitness Mirror in the Town Square’s satellite fitness center enables residents to view both live and on-demand classes, in which they can see themselves and the instructor in the reflection, allowing them to check and correct their form during the workout.
A variety of other fun and engaging exercise classes are offered—in-person—by trainers and specialists at the fitness centers, including strength training, boxing, yoga, Pilates, Zumba, and more.
The fitness centers have also been updated with new equipment, including Echelon Performance Bikes, Matrix machines, and recumbent Nusteps. Cable and streaming capabilities within the center give residents greater choice in what they watch or listen to while they break a sweat. In addition, later this year, Seabrook will be adding an indoor wellness center and meditation room as well as an outdoor mediation space. Massage therapy and other therapeutic services will be added to the community's extensive list of well-being programs and services.
Staying Healthy in Body, Mind, and Spirit in Independent Living
Seabrook resident Dick Barrett took up swimming after he retired, about 20 years ago. Now, he swims three mornings a week at Seabrook’s pool, which he enjoys—for both the peaceful environment and the physical health benefits. After the surgical repair of a herniated disc, Dick found that returning to the pool gave him a “whole-body workout.”
Resident-led water aerobics classes are offered at no cost, and staff-led pool classes are available as part of an optional monthly membership.
Dick also participates in several activities to fill the free time he gained from adapting to maintenance-free living at Seabrook Independent Living.
For example, in 2021, he participated in a geocaching-style scavenger hunt at the community in celebration of Earth Day. Residents worked in teams to decode clues and hunt down small trinkets hidden throughout campus. All participants were entered into a raffle to win dinner and drinks at one of Seabrook’s restaurants, Essex Pub.
After the popular Earth Day event, a small group of residents continued to “geocache light,” as Dick puts it, on a weekly basis. Participants were encouraged to replace the trinkets they found with new ones to continue the game.
“I found a toothbrush,” Dick laughs. “It was a lot of fun.”
Fresh Air and Exercise Surrounds Seabrook Senior Living
Dick enjoys getting fresh air and exercise by walking around Seabrook’s Great Lawn and well-maintained walking paths. He is helping to create a trail marker system, similar to those used in national and state parks, for Seabrook’s walking trails. The community plans on inaugurating the system on Earth Day 2022.
“The walking trails are perfect for people of all abilities,” notes resident Joan Higgins. “It’s nice to walk around the pond. The campus is beautiful during all the seasons, but especially during autumn.”
In addition to walking paths, indoor and outdoor meditation spaces at Seabrook offer opportunities for quiet reflection. The recently expanded dog park allows residents to exercise with their furry friends, or just relax in a shady area with plenty of bench seating.
Over the years, Seabrook has welcomed many fitness events on campus that raise funds and support organizations—all of which are popular among residents, fostering social interaction and physical activity. During 2021, staff and residents participated in a Walk for Alzheimer’s, a Breast Cancer Awareness Walk, and the 23rd Annual Turkey Trot. In lieu of turkeys, Seabrook made donations to three local, nonprofit causes.
At the Embrace Well-Being Fair in October, residents gathered to receive health care and medical supply information, as well as complete health screenings from a variety of internal and external organizations.
A Healthy and Happy Life at Seabrook Independent Living
“We’re pleased to offer a wide range of wellness amenities that encompass all aspects of well-being here at Seabrook,” says Executive Director Phil Jean. “The New Year represents an opportunity to reflect and set new goals to live a healthier lifestyle. We look forward to everything Seabrook has planned to make this year the healthiest and happiest yet.”
To learn more about the fitness and wellness options at the community, schedule a virtual or in-person visit.