Colorado Springs assisted living facility lets residents go rock climbing for the first time

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) — Just because you’re reaching a certain age doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try new things. That was the case for some seniors from the Palisades in Broadmoor Park, who tried indoor rock climbing for the first time on Tuesday at City Rock in Colorado Springs.

While many of these seniors remain active in their own way, it has brought a new challenge. All are newcomers to climbing. But that didn’t stop them.

“I wasn’t sure if I wanted to try it now, come to think of it, it’s not on my to-do list but it’s now,” said Palisades resident Julie Templin.

The assisted living facility likes to keep its residents active. Officials say rock climbing is not only great exercise for the body, but also for the brain.

“It’s going to help them in a connected way because when you’re on the wall you’re trying to solve a big problem: where do I put my hands, where do I put my feet, so it gets their brain moving,” said Emily Cozzetto, Director of Resident Enrichment.

The Palisades of Broadmoor Park hope activities like these will help keep their seniors active.

“I think a lot of people think about senior life and think you know there’s nothing you can do just do the same things every day and so it’s important to break down those barriers of what you do. ‘is aging and to provide activities that are like I said out of the box,’ added Cozzetto.

Virginia F. Goins