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Senior citizens drum up support to better health

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Local senior citizens are partaking in a unique fitness experience at St. Bernards Total Health Care.

They are drumming their way to great health, literally.

The program is “Drums Alive-Golden Beats.”

On Tuesday, some of the seniors showed off their drumming skills as they worked out to their favorite songs.

According to Samantha Hollis, the class instructor with UAMS Center of Aging, research has proven that the program improves mental awareness, self-acceptance, and reduces stress, just to name a few.

Anna Cagle, a program participant said within a month she has already seen many improvements personally.

“I've got stronger, I've graduated from a walker to a cane so I’m happy,” Cagle said. “I'm doing well.”

Other seniors at Tuesday’s class say they enjoy it. They feel stronger and are thrilled to get out of their homes and socialize with others.

Hollis said they hold the class once a week for an hour. She said the Drums Alive program does not only benefit seniors but people of all ages.

Because of how well the program has turned out for Hollis and her class, they are beginning to take it to more places as more facilities are looking for funds to purchase the equipment. 

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