Mom’s Belly Dancing! The Palace Gardens Activities Get Residents Moving

The activity calendars for assisted living and memory care at The Palace Gardens are filled with exercise classes that offer specialized instructors and are geared to engage and inspire the residents.

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“It’s our goal to have residents participating in physical activities geared to their individual level,” said Jennifer Almodovar, Director of Activities. “We offer classes that aren’t typically found at assisted living and memory care communities. Families are quite surprised when they learned their mother is taking a belly dancing class and yoga since moving to The Palace Gardens. They are even more surprised because they know mom or dad may never have exercised before.”

This is one of the many benefits offered by the assisted living/memory care community. People have the comradery of their neighbors when they participate in a group activity as well as the encouragement of staff.

“Physical exercise has been touted in research as a way to prevent and reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’ disease and other kinds of dementia but even for those with dementia, physical exercise can be of benefit,” she said. “There are so many positive results that come from regular exercise.” The Palace Gardens’ memory care community’s calendar also offers varied exercise most days of the week. Activities range from participating in the disco fever workout to seated Zumba and Jazzercise. “It’s so great to see people enjoying the rhythm of the music while exercising. You can just tell by the smiles in the room how much fun they are having,” she added.

To learn more about The Palace Gardens in Homestead, which offers assisted living and specialized care for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, please call the Director of Marketing Elizabeth Martinez at 305- 247-0446.