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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.

Active Aging classes offered at NO or LOW COST. Also ask about our Senior Discount for those 60+ that applies to all classes (not just Active Aging)

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 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!

WEIGHTS & BANDS Workout

A weekly Active Aging workout for strengthening, toning, and cardio – offered at NO COST. Start any time. Offered both VIRTUALLY and ON-SITE at Ballet Austin.

Virtual FELDENKRAIS®

 ‘Awareness through movement’ 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!

Balance for Falls Prevention

Falls in older adults can happen, but the good news is that there are simple ways to prevent falls and be well. Better Balance & Movement is a 4-week workshop.

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 weekly class geared towards those 50+. Start any time!

Strengthen & Stretch Workout

A workout geared towards those age 50+ who want to keep their body at it’s best. Improve strength, balance & stability, flexibility, and ease the pains that tend to slow us down.

Weight-bearing Workout for Active Aging

Osteo-Strong | Low Impact Bone-Builder Workout

CLICK HERE for OSTEO-STRONG CLASS Details

Currently offered on our weekly VIRTUAL class schedule until we return to on-site classes in January 2022.

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 in advance. Join us from anywhere in the US virtually!
  • ON SITE (in-person) Osteo-Strong class offered weekly every Monday at 10:45am beginning January 24, 2022.

 

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 a Virtual Osteo-Strong Class
Sign up for an ON SITE Osteo-Strong Workout starting 1/24/2022

Active Aging Workouts

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

CLICK HERE for WEIGHTS & RESISTANCE BAND WORKOUT Details

ON-SITE and VIRTUAL class options available to keep you moving and feeling great no matter your age!

We welcome all levels. Start or continue your fitness journey with us and do what you can do! It’s never too late to get started!

Active Aging Class options offered at NO or LOW COST due to underwriting from St. David’s Foundation AGING WELL Program.

Instructors:

  • Vicki Parsons, Butler Center for Dance & Fitness & Pilates Center Director and Certified Brain Health Trainer. Vicki offers a motivating workout environment to encourage you to keep coming back!
  • Amy Schactman, Certified Pilates Instructor

Date & Time: 

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

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

Sign up for VIRTUAL Weights & Resistance Band Workout
ON-SITE Weights & Resistance Band Workout for Active Aging on site at Ballet Austin

Balance Training

Better Balance & Movement Workshop

How To Reduce Falls and Enjoy Overall Wellness!

CLICK HERE for more Information about the 4-week BETTER BALANCE WORKSHOP

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.

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

Dates & Times: Tuesdays, January 11 – February 1, 2022: 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

More Information about Workshops for 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.

We are happy to bring this workshop to your group at NO COST. (Underwritten by Aging Well, a program of St. David’s Foundation Community Fund) includes 2-hour workshop and handouts.

If you have a group that would benefit from an onsite training please email Vicki Parsons.

Questions: Call 512.501.8704 or email Vicki Parsons

Email your request for a Caregiver Training

Brain Health Training

Body & Brain Boost Workshop

When you move your body, you benefit the brain!

Click Here for Body & Brain Boost Workshop Details

4-week workshop OFFERED AT NO COST. 

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; having cognitive decline.

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 the workout! 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: Returning Spring 2022

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.

CLICK HERE TO EXPAND FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT PRIVATE BRAIN HEALTH TRAINING SESSIONS

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

Senior Programming – Classes at Your Location!

We love to engage with our community and offer classes at Senior Centers, Living Centers, Activity & Rec Centers, Neighborhood groups, Community Centers, and wherever you are!

What can we bring to you?

  • Active Aging Workout Classes taught at your location at no cost
  • Our Balance class for Caregivers taught for your group
  • A talk for your group of seniors on topics of aging or wellness at NO COST.
    • You may also be interested in having Vicki come to your facility or organization to give a free talk to your staff. Find out more about BE WELL TALKS here.
  • Trainings for staff offering tips and strategies on a variety of aging related topic. Cost is determined per training.

If you have a small group you are welcome to join one of our regularly scheduled classes on-site at Ballet Austin.

If you would like to schedule a special class, training, or presentation, please email Vicki Parsons.

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

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