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Exercise


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The Center for Discovery utilizes the evidence based National Center on Physical Activity and Disability (NCPAD) model as a template for physical fitness activities, in combination with its nutrition program, for adults aging with multiple physical and cognitive disabilities.Adults with a wide range of multiple disabilities who live in our Intermediate Care Facilities (IFC) and participate in a Day Habilitation are benefiting from this healthy lifestyle program.

Services focus on developing cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength and endurance. Our whole foodes-based nutrition program makes this easier. Movement-based activities facilitate motor skills and increase heart rate for cardiovascular benefits. Strength-building activities focus on controlled use of extremities and increased ability to sustain physical exertion.

Residents at The Center show positive responses to the program ─ attitudes get more positive and we see increased pride, self-confidence, and motivation. Because our program improves sleep and increases range of motion we see improved quality of life throughout the day.

Research
The Center for Discovery partners with Dr. John Ratey, a clinical associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and a leading expert on the brain-fitness connection.  Dr. Ratey has embarked on a world-wide mission to re-engineer schools, corporations, and individual lifestyle practices by incorporating exercise to achieve peak performance and optimum mental health.  He is the author of numerous books and has served as the principal investigator on dozens of scientific studies.  His current research interests include the clinical effectiveness of beta-blockers and serotonin active agents; the theoretical aspects of aggression and affect tolerance; the neuropsychiatry of developmental disabilities; treatment and intervention for adult attention deficit disorder; and the effect of exercise and play on school children. At The Center for Discovery, Dr. Ratey is designing research to measure the impact of exercise on people with special abilities.