Ageless Grace: Combination of Movement and Thought
It can be tough getting older. People can often struggle with physical and mental challenges as they grow old.
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 like in Henderson County, North Carolina.
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," Tindol explained.
The National Institutes of Health said 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 prevent 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.
Catherine Purdy, 66, has Parkinson's Disease.
"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," Purdy said.