HHC Center for Healthy Aging Adds GoodLife Fitness Program to Windham Hospital

August 18, 2016

The final piece of the Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging is now in place.

The GoodLife Fitness program, which offers one-on-one individualized exercise for older adults, opened on Aug. 8. GoodLife Fitness is distinctive in that it is led by an exercise professional experienced in working with the older population.

GoodLife Fitness is one component of the Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging at Windham Hospital. The center also includes the Natchaug Hospital Adult Program serving men and women ages 55 and older struggling with mental illness or substance abuse and a resource coordinator who connects patients to healthcare services and other local resources for seniors.

In the senior-friendly center, members and the exercise professionals develop individualized goals to better the quality of life. Benefits may include improved muscular strength and stamina, better balance, reduction in the risk of falls and injuries, support of cardiovascular health, and building of self-esteem and self-satisfaction. The program can also support individuals who need pre- and post-rehabilitation.

Kelli Barbone, ATC/LAT, certified athletic trainer, works closely with clients to help them become more confident in their daily activities and maintain or improve their current health status through functional exercises. She has been a member of the Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation Network since October 2014. Barbone, who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Springfield College, has also served college sports teams as a certified athletic trainer.

Barbone said she loves interacting with the older population, helping them at the GoodLife Fitness Center at Windham Hospital to achieve renewed confidence and regain physical abilities, resulting in greater independence.

“We are so pleased to welcome the GoodLife Fitness program to the Hartford HealthCare Center for Heathy Aging at Windham Hospital,” said Cary Trantalis, RN, MSN, East Region Vice President of Operations and Clinical services. “The program, along with the other offerings at the center, gives our seniors yet another tool to help them stay healthy, active and independent as they age.”

The GoodLife Fitness program is also offered at other Hartford HealthCare communities including Cedar Mountain Commons, 3 John H. Stewart Drive in Newington; Jerome Home, 975 Corbin Ave. in New Britain; and Southington Care Center, 45 Meriden Ave. in Southington.

To learn more about or to visit GoodLife Fitness at Windham Hospital, call 860.456.6821.