Sinclair Cares | How to age with grace
From a distance it might seem like a routine chair exercise class.
But it's far from it.
Suzanne Tindol leads a group through "Ageless Grace," a program with certified instructors around the world. From very large classes at senior communities to small ones.
The goal at each is timeless fitness for the body and brain.
"To move different body parts, so they can be mobile, flexible, work their brain, creativity," explains Tindol.
The National Institute of Health says studies are underway that show evidence exercise has a powerful effect on the human brain. Many already indicate physical activity appears to reduce the incidence of depression. It also delays or possibly even prevents Alzheimer's Disease as well as easing symptoms in people who have these disorders.
There are 21 physical moves covered in "Ageless Grace."
Five aspects deal with psychological skills.
"This helps slow the progression of the disease, in addition to my medication, exercise in any form is one of the most important things I can do," explains Catherine Purdy, 66, who has Parkinson's.
"Let's work the functions of our brain, while we're jingling, pretend like we're on stage, and watching us perform."
A combination of physical movement and creative thought.
Sixty-nine year old Kathy Hudson loves coming to the class.
"My Cerebral Palsy is hard, it makes it hard to move, and so she keeps me moving, ha ha, so I like that," said Hudson.
"Let's work our thigh, look at that, that myofacia release needs to move, shake it up, shake it up baby."
And the teacher clearly enjoys the work she does, being the guide to "Ageless Grace."
"What we're doing now, is helping us work through our life and our older years."
"This is good, we just, there's no right or wrong answer, we let them be them."