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An Open New Year’s Letter from Executive Director Brian Alexopoulos

Fitness center at Laurel Circle

With so many people sharing their New Year’s resolutions, I thought I’d ask a few residents here at Laurel Circle, a lifeplan community in Bridgewater, NJ, for their wellness plans and advice for their fellow seniors in the coming year. Here’s what they said:


  1. 1. Stay connected with your friends, family, and the world. Isolation can lead to depression and a decline in physical and cognitive health.
  2. 2. Keep moving your body. If you can, work with a fitness trainer or physical therapist who specializes in helping seniors build and maintain strength and flexibility.
  3. 3. Stay curious. Learn new skills and try new hobbies. Play music, learn a new language, make art, write, start meditating, or try a new type of fitness class.
  4. 4. Keep contributing to your community. Get involved. Nothing gives you more sense of purpose than helping others. Don’t forget to ask for help when you need it.
  5. 5. Find ways to have fun every day.

While their advice was meant for their senior peers, I found that quite a lot of it applied to people of all ages. Happy new year!

Brian Alexopoulos, LNHA, MSPT

Executive Director

Laurel Circle (formerly Arbor Glen) in Bridgewater, NJ