From the Oakmont 2030 round table discussions, hundreds of responses pile up with answers to the question, “What do you like about Oakmont?”
Without a doubt, the scenery, weather and friendly people are top of the list. Amenities, facilities, clubs and classes are also near the top.
When respondents became specific, Oakmont Health Initiative got spotlight appreciation. One woman became pensive and personal. She said, “Shortly after we moved to Oakmont, my husband died. Living in a new city with no friends, with no husband and isolated because of covid, I was very depressed. A neighbor helped by suggesting I go to the Grief Support Group and also try OHI classes. I did both and found empathy and encouragement. Without those, I don’t know how I would have survived. Today I look forward to every exercise class. I still miss my husband, of course. But I also feel like I’ve gotten over a hurdle I never thought I could conquer.” She smiled and added, “Maybe the exercise class is my secret.”
A man gave a shout out to the OHI classes. He said, “even only one time a week motivates me to workout the other six days. I won’t let the retirement I planed so carefully go down the drain because I won’t exercise. I know this program is because of strong leadership and volunteers. There are a lot of regulars who never miss a class and plenty of folks who come in and don’t stay so long. I plan to stick, especially when we get two more weekly classes.”
Many 2030 respondents listed OHI among reasons they like Oakmont. Why not? Classes are designed specifically to be easy on joints, to challenge balance, and to build endurance and stamina. Where else can you find premium exercise routine personally planned for folks like you? No wonder residents want OHI to continue for many years to come.
One caveat: if you’ve been taking an exercise “break” for a few years, please begin with caution, ideally with approval from your health advisor. Every Wednesday, 9:00, Berger and Zoom (967 9942 2442 passcode 573596) welcomes you.