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Active Aging Programs For Ages 50+

Promoting active and healthy aging.

Underwritten by Aging Well, a program of St. David’s Foundation Community Fund.

“Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” Betty Friedan

Several Active Aging classes are currently offered weekly on our Virtual LIVE STREAMING schedule or On-Demand (prerecorded workout videos) at low or NO cost.  Limited on-site classes and workshops return summer 2021.

Virtual OSTEO-STRONG

A weekly virtual Active Aging workout using weight-bearing for better bone health – offered at NO COST. Start any time and attend when you can from the comfort of your home!

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Virtual WEIGHTS & BANDS

A weekly Active Aging workout for strengthening, toning, and cardio – offered at NO COST. Start any time and attend when you can from the comfort of your own home.

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Virtual FELDENKRAIS®

A weekly ‘awareness through movement’ class using the Feldenkrais® method. Try your first class for $5. Start any time and attend when you can from the comfort of your own home.

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Balance Training

The steps you take are important. They get you places, connect you with people, and keep you independent. Falls in older adults can happen, but the good news is that there are simple ways to prevent falls and be well.

Better Balance – Fall Prevention

Active Aging Workout Videos

Active Aging Classes are available through our On Demand Video Library – Better Balance & Movement, Osteo-strong Weightbearing Workout, and Weights & Resistance Band Workout.

On demand Video Library

Brain Training

Exercises that combine physical activity with cognitive challenges are increasingly beneficial in slowing down cognitive decline and and actually improving cognitive function. When you move the body, you benefit the brain!

Brain Training Workshops

When we return to on-site classes for Active Aging we hope you will join us!

Weight-bearing Workout for Active Aging

Osteo-Strong | Low Impact Bone-Builder Workout

 

Currently offered on our weekly VIRTUAL class schedule until we return to on-site classes.

Positive encouraging environment combined with safe weight-bearing makes this an excellent weekly class to promote better health and well-being And it’s FREE!

A strong skeleton is just as important as a healthy heart. Bones form the frame that keeps our body from collapsing. Osteopenia and osteoporosis can happen as we get older, but we can prevent unnecessary bone loss, and even improve bone health with proper exercise and nutrition. Each class includes simple and safe weight-bearing and muscle-strengthening exercises you can also do at home on a daily basis that will maintain bone density and help slow bone density loss.

Instructor: Vicki Parsons, Butler Center for Dance & Fitness & Pilates Center Director and Certified Brain Health Trainer

Date & Time:  Osteo-Strong is currently offered VIRTUALLY every Monday at 10:45 from your home! Sign-up required n advance.

CALL 512-501-8701 if you have questions or need assistance.

NO COST thanks to underwriting by Aging Well, a program of St. David’s Foundation Community Fund.

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Weights & Resistance Band Workout

Stay active. Be well! An Active Aging workout for those 50 plus.

 

Currently offered FREE on our weekly VIRTUAL class schedule until we return to on-site classes on Thursday, July, 15!

Join Vicki Parsons for a Virtual Active Aging Workout focusing on strengthening bone, strengthening and toning muscle, and includes some cardio during the class. Modification is always welcome!

Offered at NO COST due to underwriting from St. David’s Foundation AGING WELL Program.

Instructor: Vicki Parsons, Butler Center for Dance & Fitness & Pilates Center Director and Certified Brain Health Trainer

Date & Time: 

  • Offered VIRTUALLY every Thursday at 10:45am from your home! Sign up in advance.
  • Offered ON-SITE at Ballet Austin (501 W. 3rd St.) every Thursday at 10:45am beginning Thursday, July 8. Sign up in advance.

CALL 512-501-8701 if you have questions or need assistance.

NO COST thanks to underwriting by Aging Well, a program of St. David’s Foundation Community Fund.

Sign up for Virtual Weights & Resistance Band Workout
Sign up for ON-SITE Weights & Resistance Band Workout for Active Aging beginning 7/15

Balance Training

Better Balance & Movement Workshop

How To Reduce Falls and Enjoy Overall Wellness!

 

4-week workshop OFFERED AT NO COST. ON SITE at Ballet Austin (501 W. 3rd St) beginning July 13, 2021.

The steps you take are important. They get you places, connect you with people, and keep you independent.

Balance improvement can transform you! It is your pathway to whole-person wellness. Improvement in balance can reduce and even prevent falls, and most importantly, can relieve the fear and worry of moving around. And that is well-being.

The fear of falling creeps in as we as we get older. That fear can lead to a more sedentary life, the avoidance of activities, and staying connected socially.

We care about restoring your well-being and helping you to discover simple ways to prevent falls.

While statistics tell us that 1 in 4 people age 65 or older falls each year, we will encourage you and focus on promoting and maintaining better balance, coordination, and posture through a series of simple brain and muscle exercises. We will make it challenging, but fun!

This workshop, developed by Butler Center for Dance & Fitness Director Vicki Parsons, is excellent for adults of all ages, but especially beneficial to adults age 50 plus, or those dealing with the effects of neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and stroke.

Caregivers and family welcome, or you may be interested in our Caregiver’s Training Workshop. 

 

Instructor: Vicki Parsons, Ballet Austin’s Butler Center for Dance & Fitness Director and Certified Brain Health Trainer and member of the Functional Aging Institute.

Dates & Times: Tuesdays, July 13 – August 3: 11:15am – 11:55am (4 weeks)

Cost:  NO COST to enroll in the 4-week workshop thanks to underwriting by Aging Well, a program of St. David’s Foundation Community Fund.

Not able or ready to attend the the workshop on site at Ballet Austin? Enjoy a complimentary Better Balance for Active Aging Video with Vicki Parsons.

Questions: Call 512.501.8704 or email Vicki Parsons

ENROLL into Better Balance & Movement – How to Prevent Falls
Intro to Better Balance & Movement – A FREE On Demand Video

Caregivers: the Important Partner in Falls Prevention

 

A Better Balance Workshop for Caregivers

 

We are here to partner with you to encourage overall well-being in those you care for. This 2-hour training is offered both ON SITE at Ballet Austin and live-streamed on BA LIVE!

Falls are common among older adults. Every second of every day, an adult age 65+ suffers a fall in the U.S., making falls the leading cause of injury and injury death in this age group. One out of four older adults will fall each year in the United States.

Research has shown that after an older adult has their first fall, caregivers report a significant increase in the fear of falling, often leading to a sedentary lifestyle, decreased activity, isolation, and often depression.

But falls are preventable and do not have to be an inevitable part of aging. You can be a partner and an active participant in falls prevention.

Whether you are a family member of an older adult, a friend, or a hired caregiver, you can help!

This 2-hour workshop is designed to empower you, the caregiver. The workshop includes tips and simple safety measures that can help prevent falls, as well as several of the balance and movement strategies taught during our 4-week Better Balance & Movement Workshop.

Instructor: Vicki Parsons, Ballet Austin’s Butler Center for Dance & Fitness Director and Certified Brain Health Trainer and member of the Functional Aging Institute.

Date & Time: Tuesday, July 6: 10:00am – 12:00pm (2 hours)

Location: On-Site at Ballet Austin, 501 West 3rd Street in downtown Austin.

Unable to attend the ON SITE training? We will be LIVE STREAMING this workshop on BA LIVE!

Cost: 

  • $15 per person for On Site Training. (Partial underwriting by Aging Well, a program of St. David’s Foundation Community Fund) includes 2-hour workshop and handouts
  • VIRTUAL Training will be offered at NO COST (Underwriting by Aging Well, a program of St. David’s Foundation Community Fund) includes virtual 2-hour session. Handouts will be emailed.

 

Questions: Call 512.501.8704 or email Vicki Parsons

Register for the Caregiver Better Balance Training ON SITE at Ballet Austin
Register for the VIRTUAL Caregiver Better Balance Training (streamed live)

Brain Health Training

Body & Brain Boost Workshop

When you move your body, you benefit the brain!

 

4-week workshop OFFERED AT NO COST. ON SITE at Ballet Austin (501 W. 3rd St) beginning July 13, 2021.

For years there have been major health concerns around heart disease and cancer, as well as other serious physical ailments. Today the number one fear around health is losing brain function as we age.

Physical exercise is not only important for your body’s health- it also helps your brain stay sharp!

Research by leading neuroscientists shows that the primary purpose of the brain is to control the movement of the body – and the best exercise for the brain is PHYSICAL exercise. In older adults, regular physical activity helps slow the usual loss of brain volume, which may help to prevent age-related memory loss and possibly lower the risk of dementia. There are clear differences in brain health in older adults who get regular exercise, compared with those who are more sedentary. These differences have consequences for thinking and reasoning as well as for memory.

This 4-week workshop includes simple movement exercises that will challenge both your body and your brain and make you smile…even laugh while doing it!

A great workshop whether you are an elite athlete or a couch potato! Everyone benefits from a body & brain boost!

Instructor: Vicki Parsons, Ballet Austin’s Butler Center for Dance & Fitness Director and Certified Brain Health Trainer and member of the Functional Aging Institute.

Dates & Times: Tuesdays, July 13 – August 3: 12:15pm – 12:55pm (4 weeks)

Cost:  NO COST to enroll in the 4-week workshop thanks to underwriting by Aging Well, a program of St. David’s Foundation Community Fund.

Questions: Call 512.501.8704 or email Vicki Parsons

ENROLL into the Body & Brain Boost Workshop

Brain Health Training Sessions

Think of this as personal training with a Brain Health Trainer.

Exercise that combines brain training with physical activity and cognitive challenges are increasingly beneficial in slowing down cognitive decline and improving cognitive function.

Studies show that older adults who take part in exercises and other activities which have both mental and physical demands have greater cognitive improvement than when doing exercises with only mental demands or physical demands.

During Brain Training sessions a physical exercise plan will include cognitive development, engaging in dual-tasking, and challenging memory. This type of brain training focuses on neuroplasticity, which is the brain’s ability to recognize and rebuild itself by forming new neural connections.

While it may sound very complicated, it is actually quite simple great fun!

Through individualized programming our Certified Brain Health Trainer will keep workout training sessions interesting, fun, and effective.

Private Brain Training sessions are available. Click below to request a private session. Or click here to find out more about our GROUP Brain Training – Body & Brain Boost Workout.

For information about scheduling a Brain Training Session

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