Health & Well-Being

Healthcare…You Make The Decisions

An LFC’s commitment to providing the most advanced and comprehensive healthcare available is where the LFC concept truly sets new standards of excellence and service. LFCs focus on holistic and preventative healthcare that provides members with state-of-the-art fitness centers, swimming pools, ongoing health assessments and personalized fitness programs as well as personal trainers and dietitians to help maintain your physical health and lifelong independence.

However, if further healthcare or rehabilitation services are ever needed, our exclusive Health Assurance Guarantee ensures that your future needs are met. Under this program, we guarantee all members access to a private room in assisted living, memory support or skilled nursing. Furthermore, these premium-quality healthcare services will be available right on your LFC campus. That means that if you ever need assisted living or long-term care, you determine where and how you are going to live because you have control of the decisions that could dramatically affect your future health and independence.

Learn more about Health & Well-Being by reading  Value Matters 3.
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– For many decades, we assumed forgetfulness, confusion and struggles with daily living were a natural part of the aging process…but not in a Life Fulfilling Community. Groundbreaking research has shown that there are new ways to combat these problems and buff up the gray matter. Brainercise, which utilizes brain fitness software from Posit Science® (www.positscience.com) is therefore a central part of the fitness and well-being programs in cutting edge LFCs.

According to Dr. Ken Brummel-Smith, chair of the Florida State University College of Medicine’s Department of Geriatrics and a LFC medical director, “Brain fitness programs are essential to healthy aging. The more we research the so-called ‘normal changes of aging,’ the more we find out that aging itself explains only about a third of the changes. Another third is due to clinical or sub-clinical disease, which is all too commonly missed or under-treated, in part due to physicians believing it’s just your age.”
The final third of the so-called “normal changes of aging” are completely under the individual’s control, according to Brummel-Smith. He explains, “Medically the term “de-conditioning” is used to describe lowered heart capacity due to lack of exercise, but recent research shows de-conditioning occurs mentally and socially as well. Just like people who exercise maintain cardiovascular health, people with active, stimulating (and especially new or novel) mental activities maintain cognitive function. Brain fitness exercises also may prevent major diseases such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease.”

Although normal age-related cognitive decline usually starts around age 30, groundbreaking research has revealed that the brain can “rewire” itself to strengthen its capabilities. Scientists call the brain’s ability to rewire itself neuroplasticity, and believe that brain plasticity has the potential to change millions of lives in areas as diverse as memory loss, Parkinson’s disease and chronic pain.