fitness and wellness

“Health and intellect are the two blessings of life.” – Menander

What is Independent Retirement Living? At The Atrium, it is healthy living and successful aging. A broader and deeper approach to wellness infuses our entire retirement community. Our trademark is a holistic approach to wellness for seniors, which includes nurturing not just the body, but also the mind and spirit. As we age, it’s doubly important to pay attention to every dimension of wellness. The Lifestyle Program at The Atrium stands apart from other senior living communities in Maine because of our strong focus on your own personal wellness plan. To schedule a tour today, contact us.

State-of-the-Art Fitness Center with an Indoor Heated Pool and Whirlpool/Spa

The Atrium pool

The centerpiece of our sun-drenched fitness center is our indoor heated swimming pool and whirlpool/spa, where you’ll find our seniors swimming laps, taking Aquasize classes or simply relaxing, all year round.

Fitness Classes and Your Own Personal Trainer
The Atrium’s Fitness Center offers exercise classes for cardiovascular endurance, muscle strengthening and flexibility for every fitness level from beginner to expert. Try yoga or Tai Chi, join your friends for an exercise walk or spend time with our own Certified Personal Trainer, Sharon Leddy-Smart. “Classes are a terrific way to socialize,” says Sharon. “Exercising with a partner or group helps you stay on track, be consistent, and have fun! Healthy living becomes a habit at an independent living community like The Atrium.”

Yoga and Tai Chi classes designed just for seniors are just one of the many holistic wellness options available to seniors in our independent living community. Wellness is more than physical — it is mental, and spiritual. “Many of the chronic ailments associated with the aging process are the result of stress, imbalance and disconnection,” explains Jessica McKneally, BA, RYT, our yoga instructor. “Relieving stress, cultivating balance in our lives and reconnecting to our self and others can go a long way towards establishing a healthier, happier, more sustainable life.”

Wellness Workshops and Health Services

Workshops on nutrition, strength and fitness contribute to members’ healthy and well-balanced lifestyle. Health services such as blood pressure checks, audiology, podiatry services, lab services and other convenient clinics are brought right to our independent living community at convenient, regular times.

Outdoor Recreation
The Atrium’s convenient location in Portland, Maine places so many recreational opportunities within reach. Independent living gives you more time for skiing, sailing, fishing, golf … or walks through our beautifully landscaped grounds or through southern Maine’s many trails and nature preserves. As soon as the snow melts, you’ll find our active seniors on our very own putting green — or organizing foursomes at one of the seven golf courses just minutes away. For more information, contact us today.



Sarah Bartell, Community Wellness Coordinator at The Cedars, offers our members at The Atrium a comprehensive selection of programs focused on fitness, nutrition and wellness. Our members are given the opportunity to participate in fitness assessments that determine their baseline strength and wellness, and re-assessments to establish gains along the way. Sarah works individually with each senior to set their personal wellness goals and monitor their progress.

Sarah's classes are held throughout the week, in the mornings or afternoons, and at varying levels of difficulty. "She encourages us to do what we can, and to keep coming back so we can see the results," one member shares, "she makes it easy!"

Sarah received her B.S. in Exercise Science from St. Joseph’s University and has worked in personal training, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, and as a health mentor. Contact us today at 207-221-7100 for more information on wellness at The Atrium.

Wellness Programs at The Atrium:

Tai Chi Classes

Integrative Yoga

Aquacize in the Pool

Walking Group

Strength Training

Bend, Balance and Bone

Train Your Brain with Cardio Workout

Zumba Gold

Personal Training Sessions