New classes available for seniors

JONESBORO,AR (KAIT) - One Region 8 agency is hoping senior citizens will make gettinghealthy and staying healthy their new year's resolution.

TheEast Arkansas Area Agency on Aging is starting some new classes with the NewYear hoping to bring in more seniors.

LifestyleSpecialist with the EAAAA, Nathan Gann, says staying active is extremelyimportant for our elderly. "It's very important for anybody to be active,"Gann stated. "Not only seniors, but young adults. Exercise needs to be aroutine and part of your daily life. Being involved in the activities that wehave strengthens the muscles, keeps the joints flexible and anyone dealing withold age knows that the joints are very important."

Gannsays not only will staying active help keep you physically fit, it can helpprevent disease. "Staying active and exercising can actually keep up yourimmunity and help you fight off infections. So, it's a good idea to stay activeespecially during the winter months."

Gannsays they're created a number of senior friendly classes for 2012. "One ofthe new classes we are particularly excited about the water ti chi program,"Gann said with a grin. "We have plenty of classes at the East ArkansasArea Agency on Aging that is mostly free of charge. If there is any cost forthe water classes it's very small, like a dollar or two. So, the classes arevery affordable."

Gannsays they've decided to add water classes like the water Ti Chi because it'seasier on seniors. "Being in the water works out the muscle, but keepspressure off the joints. That's why it's so important if you do have somethinglike osteoporosis to get in the water."

Thereare a number of different classes already available to seniors. Gann says theyhave a strength training class, the pace program and even a ukulele class.

Thewater Ti Chi class will begin on January 4th and take place at St. BernardsHealth and Wellness Center in Jonesboro.

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