Residents, staff, and guests gathered at The Glebe on Thursday, October 30, 2014, to celebrate the opening of the Johnson Aquatic Center — The Glebe’s newest addition to the community’s wellness program. The architecture of the Center features high ceilings with wooden beams and large windows that let in an abundance of natural light and offer extraordinary views of the Allegheny Mountains. During the program, grateful appreciation was expressed for the generous donations that allowed the Johnson Aquatic Center to become a reality.
Both the pool and the adjoining spa are salt water, which helps reduce any odor of chlorine. Other features of salt water are that it feels very refreshing and reduces skin and eye irritants in the water. The pool has three 20-yard lanes and the adjoining spa seats six. The Center adjoins the newly expanded fitness/exercise room and new locker rooms that serve both areas.
The Aquatic Center is staffed by Rachel Carson and Tricia Cronise. Rachel is the Wellness Coordinator and is a graduate of UNC Asheville with a degree in Health and Wellness Promotion. Rachel’s passion is inspiring and supporting others to lead balanced and active lives. Tricia originally began her relationship with The Glebe in its development stage as the Senior Interior Designer with Stedman House. Her other passion in life for many years has been swimming and water aerobics. She has taught swim lessons to all ages and proudly coached the Patrick Henry High School Patriots swim teams for nine years. Both Rachel and Tricia have certification in several areas including Certified Pool Operators and Certified Lifeguards. Rachel is also an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer.
Eight aquatic classes are offered each week including beginning aquatic exercise, water aerobics, deep-water exercise, fun water games/activities, and classes for arthritis, strength/balance, and cardiovascular exercise. These classes are in addition to the “land-based” exercises which include beginning exercise, balance, aerobics, circuit exercise, Pilates, campus walking, Yoga and Tai Chi, wellness coaching and more.
Research shows that seniors who stay physically fit and socially engaged live happier, healthier lives. That’s why The Glebe offers a wide choice of on-site amenities and services designed to enhance and sustain residents’ wellness and vitality.