Mount Pleasant couple prove age is just a number

  • Friday, April 25, 2014

ActiveRx Active Aging Center, located on Lake Hunter Circle in Mount Pleasant, opened its doors last September. Since then, the center has helped change the lives of about 100 seniors, ages 55–90, residing in the Greater Charleston area. IMAGE BY METRO CREATIVE

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Shortly after Ron and Sharon Hoffman moved to the Charleston area last May from Indiana, the couple experienced a number of health challenges that they knew needed to be addressed.

In researching the best way to deal with their respective health issues, the two former elementary school educators read a newspaper story about the opening of the new ActiveRx Active Aging Center, which made its local debut a little more than six months ago in Mount Pleasant.

“Since Ron suffered a stroke in November of 2011, he faced some challenges with his balance, walking and leg strength, Mrs. Hoffman recalled. “ActiveRx quickly identified his physical therapy needs and recommended a vigorous six-week program under the supervision of therapist Danielle Licari.”

The results were truly amazing, according to Mrs. Hoffman. “He quickly regained his self-confidence and is now able to walk without the fear of falling, and his mental attitude also has improved because he now feels better about himself,” she said. “He can carry the recycling tub to the curb, carry a bag of groceries into the house, and do things around the house.

He even went to a college basketball game. It's exciting to see the ‘old' Ron.”

While her husband was undergoing the ActiveRx Active Physical Therapy program, Mrs. Hoffman – who suffers from fibromyalgia – was the beneficiary of the company's signature “Strengtherapy,” a research-based program specifically designed to help seniors regain and maintain the strength they need to remain independent and lead a high quality of life.

“The ActiveRx team identified some stretching and strength-training exercises that decreased my fibromyalgia pain,” she said.

Her improved strength was achieved in an environment that appeals to most seniors. “The environment created at ActiveRx puts a premium on being comfortable,” Mrs. Hoffman said.

“Large gyms – with their noise and commotion – are sensory overload for me, so the small size of the facility is a real plus, and the small classes allow the instructor to give each participant individualized attention.”

In summing up, Mrs. Hoffman recalls, “The attitude of the entire staff is so positive and encouraging, you feel like you are with friends and just having a good time.”

Ryan Daniel, manager of the ActiveRx Active Aging Center located on Lake Hunter Circle in Mount Pleasant, said since its opening last September, the center has helped change the lives of about 100 seniors, aged 55–90, residing in the Greater Charleston area.

Daniel pointed out there is a rapidly growing need for the ActiveRx continuum of services.

“Studies have shown that most seniors lose 30 percent of their strength by age 65, 60 percent by age 75, and as much as 90 percent by age 85,” he said.

“While these statistics might astound some and thoroughly intimidate others, the ActiveRx research-based model demonstrates that patients can restore 10 or more years of strength and function within the first three to four months of care.”

Daniel continued, “ActiveRx is redefining the aging process.

Every client we see can recover years of their previous ability to function. No one has to be a victim of aging when there are safe, affordable, medically supervised steps that can be taken to ensure the ability to live independently for as long as possible.”

Research continues to validate that strength loss in aging is the No. 1 contributor to falls, loss of mobility, and loss of independence.

The good news is that strength loss is preventable and strength can be regained at any age.

As Mrs. Hoffman concluded, “Our move from Indiana to South Carolina was truly an exciting time in our lives, and the discovery of ActiveRx will only add to our quality of life.”

For more information, call 843-388-3120, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The center is conveniently located on Lake Hunter Circle – just off of Anna Knapp Boulevard, minutes from East Cooper Medical Center at 999 Lake Hunter Circle, Suite B, Mount Pleasant, S.C.

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