Resident Gil Walton was recognized as the May 2019 Wellness Star at Florida Presbyterian Homes in Lakeland, FL.
This month’s wellness star focused on the physical dimension of wellness. Being physical is the act of making lifestyle choices that can maintain or improve health, while also increasing your functional ability through physical activity. Living independently is a goal shared by many people and physical wellness is necessary to achieve this.
Gil moved to FPH in 2017. At that time, he remembers how his feet shuffled as he walked and how he fell frequently. Gil recalls an invitation by fellow resident Pat Swails to attend “A Matter of Balance” class, which is offered quarterly at FPH. Pat also encouraged him to join in a few of the many group exercise classes available at FPH.
Fast forward to 2019, where Gil now attends group exercise classes at FPH five days a week — either Sittercise or Wellness exercise class. He is happy to report that the exercises are making his muscles stronger and keeping his knee joints from hurting. Gil also reports that the group exercise classes get him up and out of his apartment to enjoy fellowship with others.
“I like to talk and we can talk before and after exercise class,” said Gil. “So, that’s a nice benefit.” When asked what wellness means to him, Gil said, “It’s staying independent and being active. I like having self-confidence and exercise keeps me moving.”
Well said Gil, and congratulations on being the FPH Wellness Star award winner for this month!