Legacy a leader in Active Aging Week

2013-09-09T15:34:00Z 2013-09-09T20:27:21Z Legacy a leader in Active Aging Week JournalStar.com
September 09, 2013 3:34 pm

When a fall resulted in chronic knee pain, Normajean Sievers began to wonder if she’d ever walk without pain again.

Fortunately, she enjoys convenient access to the help of skilled health professionals and an array of exercise equipment at Legacy Estates.

Regular workouts at the retirement community’s fitness center, blended with assistance from her regular medical providers, created a pathway to recovery.

Today, the 83-year-old Lincoln woman is progressing nicely, thanks in part to her five-days-a-week workout schedule at the Legacy Estates fitness center, where she’s under the watchful eye of a 14-member fitness center staff.

“They create a positive environment where you’re encouraged but never pressured,” says Normajean, a two-year Legacy Estates resident. “They’re always concerned for your welfare and they become concerned if you’re not there when you usually are.”


Stories like Normajean’s are commonplace at the Legacy Retirement Communities, a recognized leader in the promotion of healthy lifestyles for their residents.

Legacy RetirementCommunities is proud to be a national host site for Active Aging Week, a national event sponsored by the International Council on Active Aging and scheduled for Sept. 23-27.

“We’re inviting the community to Legacy Retirement Communities for activities centered on leading a healthy, active lifestyle, and we’re taking our residents out into the community for some fun, health-related experiences,” said Katie Johnson, wellness director for Legacy Retirement Communities.

The theme for Active Aging Week will be “Discover Our Community.” To carry out the theme, Legacy Retirement Communities will schedule for fun, informative events, open to the public free of charge:

• Sept. 23 - Community Putt-Putt Golf, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Adventure Golf Center, 5901 S. 56th St. Play a round of miniature golf, participate in senior fitness assessments by Legacy Retirement Communities trainers, and enjoy healthy snacks. ($4.50 fee for putt-putt golf. Pre-registration required by Sept. 18: call (402) 610-5071 and ask for Carla.

• Sept. 25 - Legacy Health and Wellness Fair, noon to 2 p.m. at Legacy Estates, 7200 Van Dorn St. Get valuable information from health and wellness vendors, free handouts and goodies, participate in health assessments, and enjoy healthy snacks.

• Sept. 26 - Wellness Presentation, 1:30 p.m., at Legacy Terrace, 5700 Fremont St. Guest presenter: Tracie Foreman, community health educator for Aging Partners.

• Sept. 27 - Community Fitness Day, a fun, health-filled morning from 9 a.m. to noon at Auld Pavilion in Antelope Park, 1650 Memorial Dr. Experience community fitness classes, partake in senior fitness assessments, and sample some healthy snacks.


“Living an active lifestyle is part of the culture throughout the Legacy Retirement Communities,” said Johnson.

“Serving as a national host site for Active Aging Week is our way of promoting a lifestyle designed to help seniors remain independent for as long as possible.”

Normajean Sievers attributes her improved health to a combination of stationary biking, cardiovascular workouts, and weight-resistance machines – all under the guidance of professional staff members at Legacy Estates.

“Being part of a structure exercise program is a whole new world for me,” says Normajean.

Check out the Active Aging Week activities and discover how an emphasis on being active is part of the Legacy Lifestyle.

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