Bellingham Athletic Club

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Active Aging

Active Aging is a series of safe group exercise classes designed for adults who want to continue enjoying an active and spirited lifestyle.

Aqua Aerobics

Come experience all the benefits the water can provide in this guided 45-minute music filled balance, cardiovascular, and muscle strength building class. Low impact so it’s easy on the joints but provides resistance to the working muscle for an overall body benefit. Because it’s water you can work as hard or as easy as you are able so it is appropriate for people of all physical abilities and levels.

Aqua Zumba

Aqua Zumba brings new meaning to the idea of an invigorating workout. It combines the South American Zumba rhythm and dance steps with a pool party! There is less impact on your joints during an Aqua Zumba® class so you can really let loose. Water creates natural resistance, which means every step is more challenging and helps tone your muscles. If you like to dance and have fun, come join us!


This class is designed to work your powerhouse muscles – abs, lower back, thighs, and buttocks. The discipline emphasizes correct form to help develop strength, flexibility, muscular endurance, coordination, balance, & good posture. Designed for all levels.

Strength & Stretch

This class is for any fitness level. The focus is on a combination of body weight exercises, bands, and other tools to challenge your strength and full body stretching to compliment your training program.

Strong & Stable

Strong and Stable is a moderately-paced strengthening and balance exercise class for adults. Every class features exercise to increase balance, mobility, and strength in order for you to continue enjoying an active and fulfilling lifestyle. Safe and sound physical conditioning enables you to enjoy your daily living activities, and increase your endurance and energy. Develop the confidence to accomplish and complete what you wish to do and gain your Second Wind for all seasons of your life!


A gentle approach to learning the yoga postures using props and careful alignment/adjustments for each student. We welcome all who are healthy and injury free.

Aging in Place by Design

“Aging in place” is a term used to describe the lifestyle choice for staying in your home, safely and independently, for as long as possible. Successful aging in place includes safety elements, health and support systems. It’s a description of how you want to live today and in the future. Proactively making decisions to reach that goal makes the transition of aging easier and less costly. Want more information? Contact Susan Landsem. Aging in Place by Design

Getting Out and Coming Home

by BAC Staff on June 4, 2020

Congratulations! Our community’s commitment to staying-at-home has been tough and successful. Authorities believe that we’re through the initial spread of COVID-19. Thank you for your dedication.
As businesses and services begin to re-open, there will be more opportunities for germs to spread. Staying attentive to the guidelines while we’re out and about will be a challenge, but essential. I’ve got some ideas to help keep you and your home safe.
Keep it clean:
• Handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and drying off with a clean towel is the best defense to the spread of all transferable germs. Washing as soon as you get home is the best preventative measure—stop germs at the door.
• Have a nice smelling soap to keep washing a pleasant task. Avoid dry and cracking skin by following up with a favorite hand cream.
• Cloth masks need to be washed regularly – daily if worn for over 6 hours.
• Disposable paper surgical masks are intended for one-time use.
• It’s best to have a couple of cloth masks in wash rotation.
• Wash hands before putting on and taking off masks. Try that nice smelling soap mentioned earlier.
• Keep hands off of the face to stay safe.
• Allergies are abundant this time of year causing runny noses and watery eyes. If needed, use a tissue, throw it away and wash hands.
• Try to keep allergens out of the house with regular cleaning.
• Clean your phone and phone case. Check with the manufacturer for their recommendation for approved cleaning methods.
• Clean regularly touched surfaces. Door knobs, refrigerator doors, keys, seatbelts, and steering wheels are places that are touched regularly and should be cleaned routinely.
• Houseplants help to clean indoor air. They’ve been proven to boost moods, reduce stress, fatigue, sore throats, and colds.

Thankfully the weather has been nice and we’ve been able to get outdoors. Most people seem to be adhering to the health authorities’ regulations that will keep the spread of this terrible virus to a minimum. It’s wonderful to know that someday soon we’ll be able to get back to the gym.
Take care, stay safe, and healthy.
Susie Landsem
Aging in Place by Design
Susie is a consultant for Aging in Place. Contact her if you have questions about adding safety and comfort solutions to your home.

Categories: Aging in Place by Design

At Home

by BAC Staff on March 14, 2020

When was the last time you showed your appliances a little love? With regular cleaning, filter replacements, and annual maintenance schedules, you’ll extend the life and efficiency of the machines you rely on. Here are a few machines that might need attention in your home.

First, read the owner’s manual. It will include maintenance schedules, recommended filters, and approved cleaning solutions. Don’t know where the manual is? Go to the manufacturer’s website.

Use the vacuum.  Dust and dirt reduce the efficiency of appliances. It’s a fairly easy process to remove grates of refrigerators and gas inserts for cleaning. A little dusting and vacuuming the coils and rocks will make them work better. Check with the manufacturer’s procedures for the best results. Make sure to turn off the gas and electricity before you begin. Remember to clean the vacuum filter when finished.

Clean the oven.  If you have a self-cleaning option, use it. Wipe away any loose debris first. The machine gets very hot and can be a 4+ hour process and smoky. You can take the door apart to clean the glass, but you run the risk of breaking a vital seal. I’ve read that it’s not a good idea, so I don’t.

Change the filters. Keep your appliances running smoothly by replacing or cleaning them according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Check your water, furnace, air conditioner, and dryer filters regularly.

This is a short list of appliances that need regular maintenance to run well and for a long time. Remember to check the owner’s manual first, and then get out the rubber gloves. You’ll be glad you did.


Susie Landsem
Aging in Place by Design
Susie is a consultant for Aging in Place. Contact her if you have questions about adding safety and comfort solutions to your home.

Categories: Aging in Place by Design

Getting Through the Winter

by BAC Staff on February 13, 2020

February in the Northwest is a tough month. The days are short and it’s still cold and blustery. It’s a good time to concentrate on sparking energy into your day and creating an oasis in your home.

Head to the Bellingham Athletic Club

An important way to combat the doldrums of winter is to get to exercise. Working out is just as good for the soul as it is for the body. Get your sneakers on and head to the Club to unleash your endorphins, be social, and feel good about yourself. Bring a friend along for encouragement and accountability.

Lighten Your Home

Clear the clutter. Start with stowing away anything holiday-specific, such as red, green, and blue ornaments, ribbons, and dishware. Separate the items you need to have, want to have, from the rest of accumulated stuff laying around. Now is an excellent time to re-organize with baskets and storage boxes. Be discerning when choosing what to keep. Don’t store things that should be donated, up-cycled, or tossed out. Tip: check your closets and garage for empty storage boxes before buying more.

Refresh the Indoors

There are many season-neutral decorations and colors that reflect light in a room. I like to use white, silver, and gold tones to add brightness. Shimmering mercury votives, twinkle lights, and mirrors are some options.

Bring a little outdoors to the indoors. Greenery goes a long way to freshening an entry, fireplace, and coffee table. Put a branch or two of variegated holly leaves with red berries into a tall glass vase for a pretty pop of natural color. White baby’s breath adds a light and lacy look to a dark corner or shelf.

Refresh your framed photos. Print a few current favorite photos from the holidays or highlights from the past year. Replace the old with the new pictures in the same frame. They will add warmth and happy memories to your décor.

Use warm throw blankets to make a room feel cozy. Colorful pillows add attractive pops to neutral walls and furniture. Candlelight creates a pleasant ambiance during dark winter nights.

Embrace February. The days are getting longer and lighter, the birds are singing, and little buds of crocuses are starting to pop. Spring is right around the corner—hang in there!

Susie Landsem
Aging in Place by Design
Susie is a consultant for Aging in Place. Contact her if you have questions about adding safety and comfort solutions to your home.

Categories: Aging in Place by Design

Home for the Holidays

by BAC Staff on December 5, 2019

Holidays are a special time for friends and family getting together. However, they are also an excellent time for accidents in the home to happen. Taking family members to the ER has become something of a tradition in my house.

Make your home safe for all ages ~

The Kitchen

  Use a timer when cooking; fires can start from burning foods

  Don’t leave cooking food unattended

  Keep oven mitts, towels, and aprons away from heat sources

  Consider making a 3 ft. kid and pet-free zone to prevent accidental burns

  If you’ve got young children visiting, consider placemats in place of tablecloths that might get yanked, breaking china or worse, tipping over lit candles

  Provide a highchair for young visitors, and make sure that it is properly secured

The Tree

Fresh trees

  Check for brown needles; a dry tree can be a fire hazard

  Check for spiders and other pests before bringing the tree indoors

  Secure the tree to prevent it from tipping over

Artificial trees

  Make sure it is fire-resistant and lead-free

  Keep the tree away from the fireplace and candles

  If an artificial tree comes with lights installed, look for the Underwriters Laboratory (UL) seal of approval.


  Keep glass ball and other breakable ornaments on higher branches, away from a child’s reach

  Before using, check lights for frayed cord and damaged sockets

  Indoor lights stay indoors

  Use a step ladder, not a chair, to get to the high spots

  One and Done extension cords – don’t plug two extension cords together

  Keep the tree skirt close to the tree to avoid tripping opportunities or skip it altogether

  Make sure the furniture is well spaced out to reduce tripping accidents

Wrapping Paper and Packages

  Pick up clutter; wrapping paper can hide tripping hazards

  Packaging popcorn and plastic can be choking hazards

  Don’t put wrapping paper in the fireplace; sudden fire flashes can be dangerous

  Small toys and lithium batteries can be choking hazards, make sure they are out of small children’s reach

Other Rooms

  Small rugs can cause tripping; best to avoid altogether, but if you must, use grip tape

  Add slip-resistant treads or decals to the tub and shower floors for overnight guests

  Provide plenty of lighting. Night lights are helpful

  Check to make sure you have anti-scald fixtures on faucets, 120° is the hottest the water should be

  Add handrails in halls and grab bars in the bathroom to help older visitors

Be Prepared

  Check that smoke alarms are working, and fire extinguishers are fresh

  A complete first aid kit should be easily accessible

  Keep a few flashlights with new batteries available

  Keep front walks and entries clear of tripping hazards or ice

  Make sure that your house numbers can be seen easily from the street in case the Fire Department needs to find you (as if the billowing smoke isn’t enough)

Making your home safe for visitors isn’t difficult. It just takes a little planning ahead and paying attention to the possible trouble spots.

Susie Landsem
Aging in Place by Design
Susie is a consultant for Aging in Place. Contact her if you have questions about adding safety and comfort solutions to your home.

Categories: Aging in Place by Design

Fall into Safety

by BAC Staff on November 13, 2019

The beautiful colors of October have passed into the windy month of November. Here are some winter safety recommendations for you and your family living in homes and apartments.

Everyday Life

Are you an evening or morning walker? Wear something reflective or carry a flashlight. This goes for bike riders, skateboarders and strollers. My husband and I wear headlamps because we have a dog and need to see where he’s left his packages. Stay on sidewalks whenever possible.

Morning drivers – clear your windows (all of them) before pulling out into traffic. I know it can take a few more minutes but it will also save you from accidents. Buy a window scraper to make it easy. However, if you find yourself in a pinch, using the edge of an old debit/credit card can be an effective way to scrape frost off of your windshield.

Keep the front entry of your home clear. Rain, leaves and the dark can make entries hazardous. Be sure potential obstacles are removed or easily seen. While you’re at it, check the outdoor lights to make sure they’re working and powerful enough to be useful.

Consider a landline. November is infamous for power outages and you don’t want to be caught without a phone in case of emergencies. Generally, landlines work even if the power is out. Contact your service provider to confirm that this is true for you. Extra battery packs for your cell phones are good to have on hand. External battery packs can charge a phone up to 2 – 4 times, depending on the battery and your particular phone.

Visiting Family and Friends for the Holidays

The holidays are a busy time for everyone, especially the event hosts. Keep your home safe for all ages with these tips:
Look for tripping hazards. Here’s what to look for:

  • Newspapers, books and toys might be left at the end of a favorite couch and can be dangerous.
  • Small rugs in kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms are opportunities for slipping and falling. Remove them if possible. If not, use grip tape which can be found at any hardware store.
  • Make sure there is plenty of light in hallways and bathrooms. Plug-in night lights are easy solutions.
  • Provide a stool at the sink and toilet for little ones so they don’t have to reach too far.

Daylight savings time is my reminder to prepare our home for winter. Use these to improve the safety of your home. Remember, safety is no accident.

Susie Landsem
Aging in Place by Design
Susie is a consultant for Aging in Place. Contact her if you have questions about adding safety and comfort solutions to your home.

Categories: Aging in Place by Design

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