The Residences at Wingate Debuts New Fitness & Nutrition Program

Taps Industry Expert to Lead New Resident & Community Offerings
By: Arnold Communications
NEEDHAM, Mass. - Aug. 27, 2014 - PRLog -- Needham, MA–The Residences at Wingate (, Needham’s only 5-star senior living community, today announced the debut of a comprehensive new on-site fitness and nutrition program designed to fight aging.

Recently named the Region’s #1 Retirement Living Residence by Hometown Weekly readers, The Residences at Wingate is located adjacent to the Wingate at Needham skilled care facility, offering hospitality and healthcare all on one campus. The luxurious 91-unit independent living, assisted living and memory care community offers a number of sought-after amenities including leased apartments with underground parking, restaurant-style and outdoor dining, a Wellness Center, start-of-the-art security and much more in a modern setting.

Community residents can now enjoy a tailor-made fitness and nutrition program, which includes assessments, goal-setting, nutritional counseling and personal and functional training. More group classes will also be offered to residents, including Outdoor Walking and Aquatic Programs. In addition, a full schedule of group fitness programming will be offered free to seniors in the greater Needham area starting this fall.

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association’s Internal Medicine showed that a sample of baby boomers had higher rates of hypertension, diabetes, obesity and high cholesterol than their parents' generation, debunking the myth that boomers are more fit. What’s more, by age 60, people lose 1.5% of their muscle mass each year, making it difficult to fight chronic disease.

“More and more seniors are health-conscious and realizing the importance of working out,” said Maria Lastoria, Executive Director for The Residences of Wingate. “We want to help our residents fight aging in their own home in a way that is not only easy and accessible, but also safe and effective.”

The community has turned to industry expert, Meagen Springer, MPT to lead this new offering.  Springer brings over 13 years of experience as a physical therapist and personal trainer for the elderly to her role as Personal Trainer for The Residences at Wingate. She focuses on creating integrated, wellness programs for the community as well as facilitating personalized plans that treat and increase fitness and function while adhering to the residents’ individual orthopedic needs and safety concerns. Her rehabilitative, multidisciplinary approach uses Pilates, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Yoga, traditional stretching, strength training and cardiovascular exercise to achieve optimal results.

Prior to joining Wingate, Springer owned her own private practice in West Palm Beach, Florida for 7 years. Her experience includes physical therapy practice at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic Foundation in their Cardiology, Orthopedics, Neurology, Aquatic Therapy and Home Healthcare departments. Meagen earned two undergraduate degrees in Philosophy and Psychology and a Masters in Physical Therapy from Marquette University. She recently traveled to Dubai to present her ideas on wellness and physical therapy to a developing hospital.

“From the second I walked into The Residences, I have been so impressed by what they’ve created and the incredible energy that exists,” said Springer. “I am thrilled to be working with their residents and look forward to getting out into the Needham community.”

For more information, call (781) 455-9080.

About Wingate Healthcare

Wingate Healthcare has been owned and operated by the Schuster family for over 25 years. Drawing on their long history in the New England medical community and a desire to help meet the critical needs of families in Massachusetts and New York, Wingate is the Northeast’s premiere provider of healthcare and hospitality for seniors. The Schuster’s are committed to enhancing the lives of others which has led to the creation of Hospitality Homes, Operation P.E.A.C.E., The Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University and a number of other charitable organizations and events. For more information, visit

Carol Arnold
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