Friendship Village is pleased to announce the grand opening of its highly anticipated Aquatic Center to continue meeting the health and wellness needs of its residents with unique resort-style amenities. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held July 17 to officially open the doors of the now 8,000 square foot building that houses both a state-of-the-art Fitness Center and the brand new Aquatic Center.
“The Aquatic Center at Friendship Village raises the bar on senior living,” said Betsy Bale, Executive Director. “No other senior living community in our area features a pool of any kind, let alone a wonderful warm water pool in a beautiful new building. This wonderful addition will provide key health and fitness programs for current and future generations of residents.”
The New Aquatic Center features a current pool, dry heat sauna, locker rooms and inviting lobby. A spacious outdoor patio with beautiful landscaping also provides a wonderful spot for residents to entertain family and friends.
But the shining star of the new Aquatic Center is the 16’ x 32’ exercise pool, which is different than a “swimming” pool. Residents will be able to swim laps in a special lane with an adjustable rate current, but it’s primarily designed for aquatic group classes. The pool has very warm water (around 90 degrees) and an air temperature to match, creating a soothing, comfortable experience.
Programs and activities include: daily water aerobics of varying intensities, lap swimming, lap walking, free swim, and sauna relaxation. The benefits of water exercise at the Aquatic Center will be invaluable for Friendship Village residents.
“Water exercise is ideally suited for older adults to help them maintain strength and stamina, flexibility, and improved balance. All of this leads to stronger legs and core muscles, which is the best thing you can do to prevent falls,” says Bale. “We are thrilled to provide a beautiful place where today’s seniors can lead active, healthy lifestyles. We strive to make Friendship Village feel like a resort, where residents feel comfortable, happy, and can truly live well.”
Learn more about our Fitness and Aquatic Center: https://friendshipvillagemi.com/independent-living/fitness-aquatic-center/