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Active Aging Programs For Ages 50+

Ballet Austin’s Active Aging Programs will keep you active, connected, and aging well.

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

Active Aging classes and workshops are offered on our Virtual LIVE STREAMING schedule and ON-SITE at Ballet Austin.

Many classes offered at NO or LOW COST. Ask about our Senior Discount.

Click here for a printable Active Aging flyer and scroll down for class and workshop offerings.

Focus, Intentions, and Measures of our Programming

Qualitative VS. Quantitative

  • Quantitative measures include losing fat, gaining muscle, losing weight, increasing speed and agility, changing metabolism, etc.
  • Qualitative measures include well-being, vitality, healthspan (the period of one’s life that one is healthy and free from serious disease), etc.

While participation in our classes and workshops can lead to quantitative improvements, the focus is on qualitative. Words like “speed” and “number of reps” start to disappear, while words like “mobility” and “stability” – basic functions you need for a better quality – start to be important. We encourage movement that affects a positive change in well-being, vitality, and healthspan.

OSTEO-STRONG Bone health

A weekly virtual (online) 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 from anywhere in the US!

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WEIGHTS & BANDS Workout

A weekly Active Aging workout for strengthening, toning, and cardio – offered at NO COST. Start any time and attend when you can. Offered both VIRTUALLY (online) and ON-SITE at Ballet Austin!

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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 from anywhere in the US!

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Balance for Falls Prevention

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

Silver Ballet Classes

Ballet is a wonderful way to get a workout and enjoy the arts! Gentle on the body and low impact. Silver Ballet is a 60-minute weekly class geared towards those 50+ beginning September 13. Drop in and take a class!
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Brain Health 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

Weight-bearing Workout for Active Aging

Osteo-Strong | Low Impact Bone-Builder Workout

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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! We welcome all levels and encourage modification at any time during the class. Do what you can do!

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.

People over 60 often don’t even think about lifting weights, and they might believe that they can’t build muscle as they get older. That’s just not true! If you use weights and strength training at least two days a week, you can not only benefit but, but avoid loss of muscle, and in turn will stay independent longer by maintaining your strength and balance.

Each Osteo-strong 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 10:45am Central Time. Sign-up required n advance. Join us from anywhere in the US virtually!

Look for an On Site class to begin late July.

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.

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Currently offered FREE on our weekly VIRTUAL class schedule or ON-site at Ballet Austin (501 W. 3rd St, 78701)!

Join Vicki Parsons for a Virtual Active Aging Workout focusing on an overall workout that strengthens bone, strengthens and tones muscle, and includes some cardio during the class. We welcome all levels and encourage modification at any time during the class. Do what you can do!

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: 

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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Sign up for ON-SITE Weights & Resistance Band Workout for Active Aging

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.

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

This 4-week workshop 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, September 14 – October 5: 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 & Family Members: the Important Partners in Falls Prevention

 

A Balance and Falls Awareness & Prevention workshop for those caring for the well-being of others offered at NO COST

 

Join us for a Balance and Falls Awareness & Prevention Workshop for Families & Caregivers. We are here to encourage you, and to encourage overall well-being in those you care for.

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, work in a long-term care facility, or a professional caregiver, you can help!

This workshop is designed to encourage and offer information, tips and simple and fun activities that can help prevent falls in those you care for and in turn promote overall well-being. The workshop also includes 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: Thursday, September 9: 5:45pm – 7:30pm (1.75 hours)

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

Cost:  NO COST for On Site Training. (Underwriting by Aging Well, a program of St. David’s Foundation Community Fund) includes 2-hour workshop and handouts.

  • We are also available to present this training a NO COST at your location. If you have a group that would benefit from an onsite training please email Vicki Parsons.

Thanks to St. David’s Foundation’s Aging Well program we are able to bring you this workshop at no or low cost.

Questions: Call 512.501.8704 or email Vicki Parsons

Register for the Caregiver Better Balance Training ON SITE at Ballet Austin

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 and super-fun movement exercises that will challenge both your body and your brain and make you smile…even laugh out loud while doing it! 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, September 14 – October 5: 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.

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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 the link below to request a private session. The first session is only $10. Ongoing private sessions are $35 to $150 per 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

Senior Centers and Retirement Homes

Classes & Workshops for Groups

We love to engage with our community and offer classes at Senior Centers, Living Centers, Activity & Rec Centers, or for groups at Ballet Austin when we can.

If you have a small group you are welcome to join one of our regular classes.

If you would like to schedule a special class just for your group, please email Vicki Parsons.

You may also be interested in having Vicki come to your facility to give a free talk to your group or to your staff. Find out more about BE WELL TALKS here.

Email to request information about scheduling a class or talk for your group

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