Active Living is Routine for Southern Pines Senior

Finding a new home leads leads resident Bob Osburn to share his life’s passion

When Bob and Martha Osburn began looking at senior living options a few years ago, they had two goals in mind. First and foremost, they wanted their new residence to be private and comfortable — a place they would be proud to call home. Second, Bob wanted to be able to maintain the active lifestyle that had been central to both his personal life as well as his career in the navy.

After visiting the Southern Pines community and grounds and learning about the amenities available to them, they knew the community was ideal for the next chapter in their lives. Ultimately, they chose an adorable two-bedroom cottage. It offered them the privacy and comfort they were seeking and also reflected the home they would be leaving.

Once he and Martha settled in to their new home, Bob began exploring the opportunities to get involved within the community.

Bob served in the United States Navy for 20 years, earning a degree in mechanical engineering and later continuing his education in law enforcement as well as working in construction. Being physically fit and disciplined was key to his success. He discovered that the opportunities for exercise and the commitment to comprehensive wellbeing at the community would support his goal of making physical fitness a key part of his life.

“A daily encouragement”

Bob leads the morning Stretch and Flex fitness program every morning, Monday through Friday, at 9:30 a.m. His military background has taught him the importance of schedules and carving out time for everything that is important, not least of all exercise.

Judy Fusco, community relations manager at Southern Pines, has had the privilege of getting to know Bob and observing his involvement in community activities. His dedication to physical activity inspires others to get involved as well.

“He is a daily encouragement to residents and is very motivating to the rest of the community,” Fusco said. “He believes that an active lifestyle is important for seniors at all activity levels. Activity and movement help keep your body and mind strong, and the daily exercise classes are just as social as they are physical.”

For Bob, being at Southern Pines is a new stage in his life, but it doesn’t mean sacrificing his passions. In fact, by encouraging others to be active and fit, he has found a meaningful role at his new home.

“Retirement doesn’t mean that you stop living,” Fusco said. “It’s just the next stage in life. You can’t do the same things as a 70 year old that you could in your forties or your twenties, but that’s also the beauty of it. It’s a chance to appreciate your body for where it is right now and it’s a chance to grow and to learn something new.”

Southern Pines offers a variety of daily activities that support a physically and mentally active lifestyle. To learn more about these programs, please contact Aletha Young, activities manager at Southern Pines Senior Living: ayoung@provisionliving.com or (229) 226-6074.

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