Ohio assisted living center plans to build exercise center

A retirement living community in Clintonville, Ohio, is planning to give its residents an increased opportunity to be physically active. Columbus Business First reports that the Wesley Glen Retirement Community recently got the go-ahead to build a $6.9 million addition that includes a pool, workout room and space for yoga classes.

The center was proposed after residents at the independent and assisted living facility expressed a desire for more opportunity for exercise.

Ohio assisted living center plans to build exercise center The fitness center represents the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle as one ages.

"For any retirement community to survive - in this economy or any other - wellness has got to be part of the program," industry insider Margaret Carmany told the news source. "The focus is changing in our industry from the 'old-folks home' to, 'This is where I go to remain healthy and well for the rest of my life.'"

The residents at Wesley Glen were right to demand an increased availability of fitness centers. MSNBC.com reports that exercise such as yoga, tai chi and other workouts that focus on balance can help reduce the risk of falls.

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