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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.

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

Active Aging Online

We encourage health and well-being and provide opportunities for adults to remain active and healthy. When it is not possible to attend a live class, we offer a variety of options for all levels of fitness online.

Online Workouts Options

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. 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.

Simple and safe weight-bearing and muscle-strengthening exercises you can do at home on a daily basis that will maintain bone density and help slow bone density loss.

Weights are used during class. (while virtual you can use cans of food!)

If you have health problems—such as heart trouble, high blood pressure, diabetes, or obesity—or if you are age 50 or older and have not been exercising, you may want to check with your doctor before you begin.

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

Date & Time:  Osteo-Strong is currently offered VIRTUALLY until in-studio classes resume. Join us for a FREE workout 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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MAKE A DONATION TO SUPPORT THIS PROGRAM!

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. 

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.

WHAT IS NEEDED DURING THE CLASS:

  • Hand Weights (canned food can be used if you don’t have weights at home)
  • Resistance Band (other stretch material may be used) – consider ordering online. We recommend the thera-band brand. A hand towel may be used to get started.
  • A sturdy chair.
  • A safe area to work out.

If you have health problems—such as heart trouble, high blood pressure, diabetes, or obesity—or if you are age 50 or older and have not been exercising, you may want to check with your doctor before you begin.

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

Date & Time:  Weights & Resistance band is currently offered VIRTUALLY until in-studio classes resume. Join us for a FREE workout every Thursday at 10:45am from your home!

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
MAKE A DONATION TO SUPPORT THIS PROGRAM!

Balance Training

Better Balance & Movement Workshop

How To Reduce Falls! A 4-week workshop.

 

OFFERED AT NO COST. Returning ON SITE at Ballet Austin in July 2021.

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

The fear of falling can be common as we get older. Even if you have never had a fall, the fact that more than 1 in 3 people age 65 or older falls each year, and that every second an older adult in the US has a fall, puts the real risk of falling in your mind.

The fear of falling can lead to a more sedentary life, avoiding activities such as walking, shopping, or taking part in social activities with friends and family. Even moving through your home may present a worry.

The good news is that there are simple ways to prevent falls.

This workshop will focus on promoting and maintaining better balance, coordination, and posture through a series of simple brain and muscle exercises. The goal of ongoing balance training is to teach your brain how to quickly activate the right muscles in your body at the right time to help you keep your balance; to reduce and even prevent falls, and most importantly to relieve the fear and worry of moving around.

This workshop, developed by Butler Center for Dance & Fitness Director Vicki Parsons, is excellent for people 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!

 

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

Brain Health Training Sessions

Exercise and physical activity have many health benefits as we age. 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 or physical demands.

The best way to keep your brain healthy is to integrate exercises into your workout routine that incorporates different parts of your brain.

During Brain training Sessions a physical exercise plan will include cognitive development, engaging the participant in dual-tasking. 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 great fun!

Being able to combine physical activity with cognitive challenges is a great way to keep workouts interesting, fun, and highly effective

Through individualized programming that combines physical activity with cognitive challenges our Certified Brain Health Trainer keeps workouts interesting, fun, and effective.

Private Brain Training sessions are available.

For information about scheduling a Brain Training Session

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