Active Aging Programs For Ages 50+
Stay active, connected, and aging well.
Underwritten by Aging Well, a program of St. David’s Foundation Community Fund.
Active Aging classes and workshops for ages 50+ are offered at NO or LOW cost to keep you aging well.
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. We encourage movement that affects a positive change in well-being, vitality, and healthspan. With a qualitative approach, we hope to create a wellness environment offering Active Aging classes and workshops for ages 50+ at NO or LOW cost to keep you aging well.
OSTEO-STRONG – Bone Health
A weekly workout using weight-bearing for better bone health – offered at NO COST. Start any time. Offered both VIRTUALLY and ON-SITE at Ballet Austin Mondays at 10:45am.
WEIGHTS & BANDS Workout
A weekly workout for strengthening, toning, and cardio – offered at NO COST. Start any time. Offered both VIRTUALLY and ON-SITE at Ballet Austin Thursdays at 10:45am.
‘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!
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 LOW COST weekly class at Mondays at 1:30pm. Start any time!
Strengthen & Stretch Workouts
Weekly Pilates-based mat workouts to improve strength, balance & stability, flexibility, and ease the pains that slow you down. Start any time and discover how great you’ll feel!
Better Balance & Movement™ Workshop
How To Reduce Falls and Enjoy Overall Wellness!
CLICK HERE for DETAILS & DATES for the 4-week Better Balance & Movement™ WORKSHOP
The steps you take are important. Walking gets you places, connects you with people, and keeps you independent.
Improvement in your balance can reduce and even prevent falls. Good balance can relieve the fear and worry of moving around. As a result, you will have greater independence and overall well-being.
We care about helping you to discover simple ways to prevent falls.
This 4-week workshop will 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!
Better Balance & Movement™, developed by Butler Center for Dance & Fitness Director Vicki Parsons, is excellent for adults of all ages, although geared towards adults age 50 plus. It is also beneficial for those dealing with neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and stroke.
Dates & Times:
- Thursdays, June 2 – June 23, 2022: 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.
Not able or ready to attend the the workshop on site at Ballet Austin? Enjoy a complimentary Better Balance & Movement™ for Active Aging Video with Vicki Parsons.
Questions: Call 512.501.8704 or email Vicki Parsons
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
Falls are common among older adults. Every second of every day, an adult age 65+ suffers a fall in the U.S. Falls are the leading cause of injury and injury death in this age group.
Research has shown that after an older adult has their first fall, there is an increase in the fear of falling. Fear can often lead to a sedentary lifestyle, decreased activity, isolation, and often depression. But falls are preventable. As a caregiver, 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, using the approach from the Better Balance & Movement™ workshop, is designed to encourage and offer information, tips and simple activities that can help prevent falls in those you care. The workshop also includes participation 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, Certified Functional Aging Specialist, and member of the Functional Aging Institute.
We are happy to bring this workshop to your group, organization, or long-term care facility at NO COST. This makes a great staff in-service training. (Underwritten by Aging Well, a program of St. David’s Foundation Community Fund) includes a 2-hour workshop, Q & A, 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
Aging Well – Your Health & Well-being
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.
Brain Training sessions will include cognitive development, engaging in dual-tasking, and challenging memory.
Through individualized programming our Certified Brain Health Trainer will keep workout training sessions interesting, fun, and effective.
Private Brain Health Training sessions are available. Click the link below to request a private session. The first session is only $25. Ongoing private sessions are $75 to $150 per session.
Your Best Health & Best Self Start Here
Ballet Austin’s mission is to involve and strengthen our community through the creation and experience of dance and the encouragement of health and well-being. Founded on the belief that as we eat, move, and live well, we will ultimately be well, Ballet Austin’s BE WELL initiative focuses on providing inspiration and resources related to food, movement, and healthy living.
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 Better Balance & Movement™ 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.