As Phoenix stays scorching this summer, thousands around the metro area are turning to swimming pools for relaxation. Accordingly, seniors at The Terraces of Phoenix retirement community, 7550 N. 16th St., are partaking in the summertime activity, with an interesting twist.

Every Monday and Wednesday at 2 p.m., memory care residents at The Terraces congregate at the community’s on-campus pool for an innovative Aquatic Therapy Program. The program features agility drills, which enhance balance, lower body strength and flexibility. Benefits also include increased muscle strength, improved cognition and blood circulation, and decreased joint pain.

In addition to the physical rewards of the program, research has shown that water-based exercise improves participants’ moods. Older adults also benefit from a decreased risk of chronic diseases, including improved health for people with diabetes and heart disease.

For more information about The Terraces of Phoenix, call 602-906-4024 or visit


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