More To Do At The Center In 2020

BA Senior Center members asked for it, and now it will become a reality! Jan. 1 will not only usher in a new year but also expanded programming at the Center.

In the past year, an array of card games, including poker, canasta and pinochle, have been added, along with other activities. Our commitment to provide educational and other special programming has also continued.

We have not, however, had the space or time to add more exercise activities. For example, Limited Exercise is nearly at capacity and Zumba Gold passes capacity each spring. As more members take advantage of the opportunity to be active, other classes are filling up. We’ve heard from our members and look forward to adding even more activities that will help us fulfill our mission of providing a safe place for those 55 and older to be physically active and socially engaged.

Check out the additional activities that will be added to our programming calendar after the first of the year: Zumba Gold morning sessions; Chair Yoga; Yin Yoga; Self Defense and Tai Chi; Tai Chi for Better Balance; Chair Tai Chi; a Two-step Dance Workshop; and Line Dance for Fitness.

Staying active can help lower your risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and other health issues. Physical activity also improves your strength and balance so you can prevent injuries and stay independent. The benefits of staying active don’t end there; it also improves your mood and your ability to think, learn and make decisions. Continue reading to learn more about the activities being offered on our expanded calendar.

Zumba Gold – This fast-paced activity is the perfect option for seniors who don’t enjoy lifting weights or going on long walks. In addition to being great for the body, Zumba Gold can also enhance emotional health while providing a low impact form of exercise. Studies have shown that Zumba Gold enhances cardiovascular health, muscular strength and endurance and improves range of motion and posture, in addition to reducing stress, depression and anxiety.

Chair Yoga – Chair Yoga is practiced sitting in a chair or standing, using a chair for support. It is especially beneficial if you have limited mobility or if you want to practice yoga while at work. Yoga is an excellent way for older adults to loosen and stretch painful muscles, reduce stress and improve circulation. It also reduces anxiety, helps lower blood pressure, protects joints and builds strength and balance Yin Yoga –

Yin Yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga that incorporates the traditional principles of yoga with postures that are held for longer periods of time. The benefits of Yin Yoga are that it calms and balances the mind and body, reduces stress and anxiety, increases circulation and improves flexibility and joint mobility.

Self Defense and Tai Chi – This class, designed specifically for seniors, will teach the basics of self-defense. Seniors will also benefit from added strength and confidence. The self-defense class will be followed by a Tai Chi class. Tai Chi provides substantial benefits for seniors. Its simple, gentle and fluid movements are exactly what the body needs to remain loose and flexible.

Tai Chi for Better Balance – One-third of all adults 65 and older fall each year, and 20% to 30% suffer moderate to severe injuries such as bruises, hip fractures or head traumas, resulting in significant disability, loss of independence and early admission to nursing homes. Tai Chi for Better Balance is one of the scientifically tested and proven interventions that is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as an effective community-based exercise program to prevent falls in older adults.

Chair Tai Chi – Doing tai chi while sitting helps older adults get all the health and wellness benefits of tai chi without the risk of falling. Seated tai chi is also a great exercise option for older adults with limited mobility. Two-Step Dance Workshop – If you have always wanted to learn the two-step, this workshop is for you. Whether you think you have two left feet, know the basic moves or really know how to burn up the floor with the two-step, this workshop is an opportunity to learn and spend time with others who want to enjoy this dance. No partner? No problem. Having a partner is not required to attend this class.

Line Dance for Fitness – If you love line dancing and you are looking for more of a cardio workout, Line Dance for Fitness may be for you. It’s similar to the Beginning Line Dance class, but it moves twice as fast and offers more dances.

We want to continue to hear from our members. If you are interested in attending any of these classes, let us know by signing up in the office. Some of the classes, including Zumba Gold, Tai Chi, Tai Chi for Balance and Line Dance for Fitness, are already offered during specific days and times. These classes will now be available on new days and times.

The future is bright at the BA Senior Center, and we look forward to continued growth and meeting the needs of our members. Watch your January newsletter for the update on new and expanded class days and times.