Tai Chi exercise and fitness class helps increase balance

Elk Run Assisted Living: Focusing on ‘Slip and Fall’ Safety as Winter Approaches

By Jo Ann M. Colton

Elk Run Assisted Living, at 31383 Frost Way in Evergreen is urging everyone, especially those living alone, to take precautions to ensure their safety during the cold weather days ahead.

 “The senior population is more likely to suffer injury from slipping or falling inside or outside of the home (sprains, fractures, broken bones…) due to multiple contributory factors like: chronic illness, fragility, or walking or balance issues,” explained Elk Run Executive Director Kristen Fite.

Elk Run provides comprehensive assisted living services/options (medical, respite, personalized care services, and hospice) for seniors, as well as independent living for active people 65-plus seeking an enhanced carefree lifestyle with more leisure fun time and less home-related responsibilities.

Recently remodeled basic one-bedroom apartment and/or studio unit rentals tout kitchenette/private bath, personal call system/mobility-assistance features, and unlimited snacks. Community amenities spotlight an elegant dining room, three daily culinary team-inspired gourmet meals, a professional beauty/barber salon, Great Room with fireplace, and a library with internet service.

Amidst relaxed protocols, Elk Run requires health assessments before move-in and maintains staff/resident COVID-19 safety measures. With more residents than ever before in its history the community’s well-trained 24/7 personnel not only boasts a second nurse and an additional maintenance worker, but now also introduces Ellen Hussey as its new Therapeutic Activities Director.

Ellen Hussey is a Tai Chi instructor who had a studio in Wisconsin and had actually received a CDC (Centers for Disease Prevention) Grant in recognition of Tai Chi being a Fall Prevention Measure. When COVID-19 shut down her business, she and her husband, both Physical Therapists, decided to move to Evergreen, Colorado sooner rather than wait for retirement.

“Tai Chi, a low impact exercise, puts minimal stress on muscles/joints, making it suitable for many older adults with or without chronic conditions,” said Ellen. “Tai Chi helps reduce the fear of falling while offering benefits that include: improvement in balance/mobility/flexibility, leg strength, pain management, brain function, sleep quality, and overall psychological health.”

“I am thrilled to add Tai Chi classes to the many activities offered at our Elk Run community,” Ellen stated. “My goal is to help every resident achieve the kind of mind, body, and spirit wellness that will help them thrive.”

Be aware of your surroundings; don’t let the worry of the “slip and fall season” consume you. If you or your loved ones are contemplating a residence change, consider with confidence a move to the secure and safe environment of Elk Run Assisted Living. New friendships await you at Elk Run, personal passions can be pursued, and Tai Chi (“meditation in motion”) can improve your health and enrich your life.

For inquiries about Elk Run’s services, programs, and living options, contact Lisa Carter at 303-679-8777.