On the move again
Before last summer, William Johnson, 73, didn’t get out much to exercise or mingle. Over the years, this formerly fit truck driver had become less active and more alone after becoming legally blind.
“As William got older, his whole environment got smaller,” says Physical Therapist Debbie Lee.
Then William started going to the Broad Street Mercy LIFE Adult Day Center, where Debbie works.
With help from Debbie and other center staff, William slowly began exercising a couple times a week. His low vision didn’t stop him from using a stationary bike and other gym gear. As his fitness level improved, so did his walking and his sense of well-being, Debbie notes.
Coming to the Mercy LIFE center has also strengthened William’s social circle.
“He’s made a lot of new friends,” Debbie says. “He loves it here. And the other participants love him.”
“All the wonderful people at the Broad Street Center have definitely changed my life,” William says.
William is just one of many Mercy LIFE participants who enjoy regular exercise, whether on a treadmill or in a structured walking program.
“We keep people moving,” Debbie says.
Research shows that fit seniors may be less likely to fall and break a hip or another bone. And many older adults who exercise report that their legs and backs feel less stiff, and they just feel better overall.
“You can be vibrant and energetic if you continue to move,” Debbie says.