As the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo begin this Friday, July 23, we were inspired to shine a light on our resident athletes within Sagora Senior Living. We have residents who are retired coaches, have had expansive sports accomplishments and residents who have found their passion for athleticism within our communities. These residents aren’t afraid to break boundaries and they know that there is no age limit on personal development. We’re so excited to share their stories with you and hope that you find inspiration and encouragement from them!
This week, we have a very special resident to introduce you to from Bristol Park at Cypress in Cypress, Texas. Her name is Kay and she’s on a journey to regain the ability to walk without assistance. Kay hasn’t been able to walk on her own for two years due to a stroke.
Her journey began with a conversation with the Lifestyle Director at Bristol Park at Cypress, Joy, voicing her dreams of being able to walk again. Joy felt compelled to do something, so she created a one-on-one exercise class specifically for Kay. Her exercise includes working out on the SciFit StepOne™ Recumbent Stepper. This workout equipment provides a smooth, total body functional movement. It features low starting resistance, direct wheelchair access, adjustable arm length and handle angle, customizable programs and documentation to help users reach their goals.
It didn’t take long for Kay to adjust and to reach new personal records each day. Shortly after setting up Kay’s exercise programming, Joy coordinated an on-site library at the community. Kay began to spend hours in the library and regained her ability to write again as her speech progressed. She continues to improve each and every day and now also receives physical therapy at the community.
Photos and videos of Kay’s progress have been shared on the community’s Facebook page and with her family and friends. Her determination is inspiring to all who know her. Her mantra is, “I believed I could, so I did!” Kay resonates with this statement so much that Joy purchased a bracelet for Kay with this quote so she can take it with her wherever she goes.
As Kay continues to progress and improve, she says that her goals are to walk on her own without any assistance, dance again as she loved dancing with her late husband and ultimately, walk into a basketball game! Kay played basketball in high school and college and would love to experience the high energy of the crowds and the competition.
We are so proud of Kay and hope that you found inspiration from her story. The involvement our Lifestyle Director had in Kay’s journey is a perfect example of how our communities truly operate by a Resident First philosophy. If you’re looking for a senior living community with this kind of love and support, you can learn more about our communities here.
Watch her progress in the videos below!