Senior Fitness & Wellness Specialist, Silver Sneakers Flex Trainer
It's no secret that our bodies change as we age. As a Senior Fitness Instructor, Trainer and Speaker, it's my job to know how to handle the unique health and fitness challenges that many older adults face.
With increasing age there is normal decrease in sensory function, muscular strength, reaction time, flexibility, and cognitive processing.
The great news is that exercise has proven to be effective in improving senior's functional capacities and sense of well-being. As a senior fitness instructor I can make the difference in the lives of my clients and class participants by improving their health and fitness, while encouraging social interaction and a healthier lifestyle in a fun and motivating way.
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Senior Fitness Class Programs
All classes cater to any fitness level by providing a safe and appropriate exercise experience.
Classes are 45 minutes, accompanied by music in a fun filled environment for the spirit, mind and body.
Fit for Life
Health and fitness for seniors is important if you are going to maintain an optimal lifestyle.
Fit for Life offers a total body workout for older adults or individuals starting an exercise routine, regardless of fitness level.
Exercises are designed to increase cardio fitness, enhance muscular strength and flexibility and improve joint stability, balance, coordination and agility.
The workout is a combination of low-impact aerobics, flexibility, core, balance, and strength training, all in a fun filled environment. All exercises can be performed sitting or standing and are accompanied by music.
Fit 'n FallProof
Are your members concerned with balance or afraid of falling?
Maintaining balance and mobility is essential to aging successfully.
Keep balance in your life
Fit-N-FallProof™ is a fitness & balance program for seniors including those with special conditions to help participants perform basic activities of daily living, such as rising from a chair or climbing a flight of stairs.
Sit & Be Fit
It’s rewarding to hear older-adult participants say they can more easily perform activities of daily living as a result of taking this class.
Participants at a low level of physical function are especially likely to notice a difference.
Working with these individuals in a group setting requires seated activities, to ensure safety and success.
This class uses approaches and practical applications from an introductory level called “Build Me Up,” which emphasizes seated strength-building and mobility exercises for participants at a low functional level and at high risk for falls.
Sit & Be Fit for people with dementia
Leading a physically active lifestyle can have a significant impact on the well-being of people with dementia.
People with dementia can benefit from a regular program of seated exercise sessions at a senior care facility or with a group at a local class.
These exercises are aimed at building or maintaining muscle strength and balance, and are less strenuous than exercises in a standing position. They are part of a developing program, with the number of repetitions of each exercise increased over time. Some examples of seated exercises include: marching, bending legs, heel/toe raises, raising legs/arms, arm circles, raising opposite arm/leg, clapping and turning side to side.
Exercise to Music with SoulFit
Are your members concerned with their health, balance or fitness? But they are bored with exercise and not motivated?
Maintaining balance and mobility is essential to aging successfully. SoulFit™ is a fitness & balance program for adults and seniors to help participants perform activities of daily living, by staying fit and active.
SoulFit™ lets you enjoy exercise in a safe environment with carefully selected exercises that help you get stronger and healthier. Our easy workout to music needs no memorization. Be “in the flow of music” enjoying simple moves and exercises. Do it together as a community at your local care facility!
Balance your Health & Body (Joint Pain Relief)
Improve your Life with Joint Pain Relief and Balance Exercises. Get the latest tips in healthy living. This class will change your seniors' life.
Don't let joint pain stand between you and healthful activities you enjoy. Joint pain can often throb and ache. It may make you think twice about your daily tasks such as lifting a grocery bag or pleasures like going for a brisk walk. The right set of exercises can provide a long lasting relief from ankle, knee, hip or shoulder pain. With this class, practiced regularly, the workouts for each joint can help you avoid a trip to the doctor by strengthening key supportive muscles and restoring flexibility. Make yourself fall proof with exercises that improve and maintain your balance. Aging challenges your balance. Now challenge your balance to defy aging. I believe you should make healthy living a habit. Let me help you discover simple ways to boost your health and fitness and help prevent disease. If you want to live a healthier and more active life then don't miss this 45-minute class.
SilverSneakers is the premier fitness program provided at no cost by more than 60 health plans nationwide. Millions of seniors are members. Try a safe and heart-healthy fitness class to energize your active lifestyle using low-impact movements that focus specifically on building balance and upper-body, leg and core strength.
Silver Sneakers Strength & Balance Class
When: Every Monday at 1145am
Where: Riverside Square Mall - Senior Source 2nd Floor (near Bloomingdales)
Have fun and move to the music through a variety of exercises designed to increase muscle strength, range of movement and activities for daily living. A chair is used for seated exercises and standing support. This class can be adapted by the participant depending on their fitness level and abilities.
FITNESS & HEALTHY LIVING
Presentations are a key component of health promotion and wellness programs. Regular presentations educate seniors about various aspects of health and wellness. Topics can vary widely, but generally reflect the needs of a particular organization, and are presented in a fun and entertaining environment.
Nutritional Jeopardy Game
Test your knowledge to lead you in an interactive game of Nutrition Jeopardy.
Answer: high-fiber whole grains, dairy, fruits
Question: what breakfast foods are good to fuel your brain?
Let’s play Nutrition Jeopardy with an on-screen presentation including all the bells and whistles of a fun and interactive game. Fat and Cholesterol. Carbohydrates and Fiber. Protein. What’s healthier?
Choose questions from 5 different subjects, then try to give the best answer. This game can be played in groups, teams or by everyone on their own. Keep score and increase your knowledge about nutrition and health.
How to become FallProof
Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for people aged 65+. Falls can result in hip fractures, broken bones, and head injuries. And even falls without a major injury can cause an older adult to become fearful or depressed, making it difficult for them to stay active.
There is a pattern to falls among the elderly: The fear of falling, then the injury, followed by hospitalization, decreased independence and mobility, and often relocation to a nursing or residential institution.
Falls can be a major life-changing event that robs the elderly of their independence.
Fortunately, many falls can be prevented with healthy lifestyle choices and safety modifications in the home. This presentation teaches seniors how to cope with balance, how to exercise to prevent falls and what to do if they fall.
Bringing Mindfulness to Seniors
“Saying yes to Life”
Mindfulness for a happier and healthier life!
Mindfulness is paying attention on purpose. Start your journey to a more relaxed and healthier mind. Maintaining a moment to moment awareness of your thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations and surrounding environment can bring a variety of physical and mental benefits. Mindfulness can drastically improve the quality of your life. Let me guide you through some simple techniques and show you tools how to make mindfulness part of your life. Regular practice of mindfulness will lead to less stress and worries and improve lack of focus, relationships and other life's challenges.
One-on-One Personal Training
Train to stay strong and healthy!
Avoid falling by staying fallproof
Falls are the leading cause of injury and resulting health issues for older adults. Get stronger and stay healthy with regular training for your balance.
Avoid muscle loss and staty strong
Get and stay strong with regular strength training. Muscles can be trained and gain strength regardless of age or fitness level.
Is the coronavirus pandemic keeping you from exercising? Please enjoy this free video with an effective 30-minute exercise routine. Whether you're a senior or not it takes you through sitting and standing exercises to maintain or improve your balance and strength for movements that you need for everyday activities. The routine can easily be done at home using a chair for support. If you have you can use light weights to enhance the strength exercises in the video. Please do not share weights at this time. Make sure you're steady and strong enough to handle the exercises. You're encouraged to stand, as long as you can stand with minimal support. Otherwise, you can stay seated during the entire routine. Use the routine regularly. A few times a week would be great! Enjoy - don't sit, get fit!
I have over a decade's experience in senior fitness and work with numerous senior care, community, press, and other organizations caring for seniors including the following:
Five Star Senior Living
Five Star Quality Care, Inc. is a national senior living communities and services provider offering: Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care
Jewish Home for Assisted Living
Jewish Home Assisted Living, a Kaplen Family Senior Residence, offers an elegant community which promotes resident dignity and well-being in a home-like environment.
Arbor Terrace Senior Living
Arbor Terrace Teaneck provides seniors independent living in New Jersey's beautiful Teaneck township.
Englewood Housing Authority
The Englewood Housing Authority helps residents improve the quality of their life by creating and supporting opportunities for their economic independence, educational growth and personal fulfillment.