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Nichols Village’s New Wellness Center Aims to Help Residents Have Healthy Brains and Bodies For Life - Merrimack Valley Magazine

March 18, 2019

Nichols Village’s New Wellness Center Aims to Help Residents Have Healthy Brains and Bodies For Life

Emilie-Noelle Provost on March 18th, 2019

At Nichols Village in Groveland, older adults enjoy living independently in a quintessential country setting with amenities that can help them enjoy life and keep their brains and bodies healthy long into their later years.

Set among 90 acres of woodlands, fields and rolling hills in Groveland is Nichols Village, an independent living community for adults age 62 and better. A variety of wellness programs are offered that enhance and help maintain an active and healthy lifestyle. In addition to the community’s close proximity to downtown Newburyport with its host of exciting dining and shopping experiences and convenient access to many beaches, golf courses and walking trails, Nichols Village offers several on-site conveniences and comforts including maintenance-free living, restaurant-style dining, biweekly housekeeping, daily social activities, wellness programs and an optional coordinated home care program.

Residents of Nichols Village’s 78 apartments and 16 cottages can also stay healthy by taking advantage of the community’s heated indoor pool and fitness center, which will soon see a major expansion. An integral part of this new expansion is the wellness center which will include studios for fitness and yoga classes, an updated, more spacious gym with new equipment, a heated pool larger than the community’s current one and a lobby with comfortable seating, all slated to open late 2019.

In addition, the new expansion will include 21 well-appointed apartments with granite kitchens and stainless steel appliances, a state-of-the-art performance center and a pub for casual dining experiences.

Photo courtesy of Nichols Village.

“We are all about encouraging residents to be and stay active, so they can remain independent. Exercise is important for brain health, and we want to help our residents ward off memory diseases like Alzheimer’s,” says Gina Velonis, a registered nurse who is Nichols Village’s wellness coordinator. “Our current fitness center and pool are very nice, but they are on the smaller side. Classes can get crowded. The new wellness center will be able to accommodate many more residents at one time, hopefully encouraging more people to take advantage of what we have to offer.”

According to Brenda Burkholder, Nichols Village’s marketing director, in addition to the community’s focus on physical fitness and staying active, another way residents are encouraged to take better care of their bodies and brains is through education. “Helping residents learn about things they can do to protect their brain health, such as the benefits of good nutrition, is so important,” Burkholder says.

Guest speakers who are experts on various health and wellness topics are periodically invited to Nichols Village to help educate current residents as well as prospective residents invited by Burkholder. When the community’s new performance center opens later this year, Burkholder says they hope to be able to invite speakers more frequently, and with the expanded space, will be able to host larger groups. 

Nancy Emerson Lombardo, Ph.D., founder and president of HealthCare Insights LLC and Brain Health and Wellness Center — an expert on nutrition and Alzheimer’s disease — will be giving a talk at Nichols Village in early April 2019 about the role food can play in maintaining brain health. 

Lombardo is an adjunct research assistant professor of neurology at the Boston University School of Medicine. She has more than 35 years of experience working in the field of Alzheimer’s disease, and is the developer of a nutritional program called Memory Preservation Nutrition. 

To learn more about Lombardo’s talk and the Nichols Village lifestyle and details about the new expansion, feel free to call Brenda Burkholder at (978) 372-3930.





Nichols Village
Groveland, Mass.
(978) 372-3930



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