Dancing for health
Held at Center on the Hill … the place for active adults, located in the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, “Folk Dance on Fridays” draws an avid following. Under the direction of folk dance aficionado Bill Wadlinger, participants learn line and circle dances from the Balkans, Israel, France, Hungary, Greece, Scandinavia and other locales around the world. But enjoyment is only one of the benefits. Dancing is good for your heart – and more.
Winter fitness strategies
Chill winds and early darkness may tempt us to stay inside nestled in an armchair, but our bodies must move – indoors or outdoors – to remain healthy. “Exercise strengthens your muscles and bones and promotes a sense of well-being,” said Joanne Fagerstrom, a licensed physical therapist.
Dancing with ‘The King’s Men’
“Kick, kick, tap, tap. 10, two, three, four. Five, six, seven, eight … Do the rest – in line, in rhythm,” Paulette Chambers instructs the 10 male line dancers arrayed before her. The weekly class takes place at the Martin Luther King Older Adult Center in North Philadelphia. Her students call themselves “The King’s Men.”
Aging Research & Issues: November 14 – 18, 2016
- Physical activity patterns in healthy middle-aged women. Monique Middlekauff, Woonghee Lee, Marlene J. Egger, Ingrid E. Nygaard & Janet M. Shaw. Journal of Women and Aging, Volume 28, Issue 6 (2016). Free access.
- Leisure-Related Predictors on a Sense of Purpose in Life among Older Adults with Cancer. Sanghee Chun, Jinmoo Heo, Sunwoo Lee & Junhyoung Kim. Activities, Adaptation and Aging, Volume 40, Issue 3 (2016). Free access.
Aging News Headlines: September 19, 2016
Consumer Headlines: September 14, 2016
Boost balance, strength with exercise classes at senior centers
“A lot of people from age 55 will start noticing a difference in balance. They lose strength in their legs. Exercise helps seniors who have problems with arthritis and prevents them from falling,” said Eric Ramos, the master trainer for the EnhanceFitness offered at 16 senior centers supported by Philadelphia Corporation for Aging in every area of the city. The program offers levels that are both challenging for active older adults, and safe for those who are less fit or frail.