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Wainwright residents kick it up

November 21st, 2023

Beach balls, drum sticks and buckets seem like an odd combination. But combine them in a Kicks & Sticks class at Points West Living Wainwright and they’re altogether fun!

“Kicks & Sticks is a drumming and exercise program that incorporates movement while keeping rhythm to familiar and fun music,” said Shauna Lee Carlson, Recreation Coordinator. “The residents love the music and say that they can feel like they have done some exercise!”

The idea of this program has been brewing for a bit. “Earlier this fall, our friends at Battle River Lodge gave us a demo when we were there for an afternoon,” Carlson said. Since the Wainwright class started in early November 2023, some YouTube videos have helped the crew along. “I am confident that it won’t be long before we will have our own custom playlist and moves to go along with the music.”

The class takes place once a week, although this may expand to more times and more residents, including Memory Care residents who might use pool noodles instead of drumsticks.

Carlson says there are a range of benefits for all. “I believe the benefits are the residents having a sense of accomplishment at trying something new and definitely good for their cardiovascular system, adding movement to their day in a way that is fun, and using the focus and concentration necessary to follow the patterns of the various moves.”

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