101 Barry Road
Worcester, MA 01609
Variety and frequency fill our monthly calendar, along with holiday celebrations.
The Health Center’s daily schedule includes pursuits involving Residents in cognitive, physical, social, emotional, spiritual and creative ways within a therapeutic, home-like environment. Our goal is to provide each person with some structure and a sense of well-being, while respecting their individuality, privacy and personal freedom. Participation in all forms of recreation is completely voluntary, but consistently encouraged by our staff. In addition, adaptations are made so every Resident can participate to their optimal ability.
The benefits of yoga for seniors are much the same as those for everyone else: increased muscle tone, balance (of particular importance in older adults), strength, and improved mood. Through pranayama, a term for breathing exercises, lung capacity is increased. Practitioners find they gain better posture and sounder sleep.
Chair Qigong & Chair Tai Chi
These 5,000-year-old Chinese exercises are both moving meditations, focusing on the breath, gentle movements and energy channels. The many, varied benefits of qigong and tai chi are similar. Both forms of exercise help increase bone density; have positive cardiopulmonary effects; increase physical function; help prevent falls and related risk factors; enhance quality of life and empowerment; decrease psychological symptoms; and strengthen immune function.
Essential Oils Class
Using essential oils aromatically can help improve a person’s mood. Studies show simply inhaling the aroma of an essential oil is effective for calming nervous or anxious feelings in a variety of settings. The plant parts used in the distillation of the plant material, e.g., roots, bark, stems, leaves and/or flowers, is also discussed.
Aroma Touch Technique
This technique was developed by Dr. David K. Hill, D.C., to provide people with an uplifting essential oil experience. This gentle technique is used on the hands and arms of our Residents.
The history of soap making is discussed, and each Resident chooses their preferred essential oil for incorporating into their own bar of soap.
A simple moving meditation for our Residents to help relax and calm intense feelings.