The late comedienne Lucille Ball once said, “The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.” While there may be some truth to that, a more prudent strategy–and once that scientific fact corroborates–is to stay as active as possible and find something you truly enjoy doing.

Luckily for the residents of Pennybyrn at Maryfield, that’s not hard to do.

Pennybyrn is a new continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in High Point that offers all the ingredients of an effective wellness program, including outstanding exercise classes, nutritious and delicious dining, and a full calendar of activities and events. Whether you wish to start an exercise program or maintain an existing one, you will find ample opportunities at Pennybyrn.

The CCRC Lifestyle: Good For You.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, older adults who choose to be both physically and socially active reduce their risk of heart disease and diabetes and increase their chances of staying mentally alert and able to live independently. In fact, not only does research suggest that regular exercise benefits people of any age, studies show that seniors living in CCRCs such as Pennybyrn may in fact, extend their active, independent lives.

Just ask Pennybyrn Wellness Leader Janet Pung.

“Every day, I hear successes…a resident who now can lift a heavy bag, improves his or her golf game, goes on a kayaking trip, or feels better than ever,” said Pung. “I believe most people at any age can maintain or improve their fitness level. The challenge is to bring together all the components of healthy aging and empower each person to take personal responsibility for wellness. Then, they can achieve their goals.” Customized Programs for Residents.

At Pennybyrn, the extensive array of fitness classes range from “Bends, Bones and Balance” to water volleyball to individual weight training sessions. A big advantage of entering into an exercise program at a CCRC is that there is often a fitness professional such as Pung who can offer specific guidance. This can help avoid the common error of trying to make gains too quickly, which can lead to soreness, especially if the person is dealing with arthritis or back problems.

Pung first assesses the fitness level of each Pennybyrn resident— upper and lower body strength and balance—and then both agree upon a goal. For example, a resident might be planning a walking tour and need improved stamina. Using her 20+ years experience in senior fitness, Pung helps the resident develop a customized exercise program. (Pung is certified in water aerobics, land aerobics, and also is certified by The National Arthritis Foundation to teach its Tai Chi program.)

How is it working?

Consider Bill Sasser, an 82-year-old retired professor whosocial opportunities Pennybyrn offers as well as the spiritual disciplines. For example, if you are interested in meditation, you can visit our Peace Chapel for Meditation. Here, you feel you are growing spiritually as well as physically and mentally.” Think you’re too busy to exercise?

“If you don’t have time for exercise now, you’ll have to make time for it later, when your health is not what is should be,” Pung says. “At Pennybyrn, we have ways to help make it part of your normal day, not a chore. We’ll help you find something you enjoy.”dents have the peace of mind knowing that on-site nursing care is available in the main community.

This is a huge benefit of a CCRC: the ability to “age in place” without having to move elsewhere when your care needs change.A New Approach to Senior Living.

“The Pennybyrn lifestyle is centered around helping you stay as strong and independent as possible,” says Pennybyrn Marketing Leader Jeanne La Roe. “We truly offer a whole new spirit of retirement living.” With strong sponsorship by the Sisters of the Poor Servants of the Mother of God, Pennybyrn at Maryfield is the culmination of 60 years of rich history, quality service and excellent reputation.