GERI-FIT PRO­GRAM OF­FERED TO AREA SE­NIORS:

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Prime Time Health, an Area Agency on Aging for Luzerne and Wy­oming Coun­ties health and well­ness pro­mo­tion pro­gram, has added a new pro­gram called Geri-Fit® to their pro­gram of­fer­ings. Geri-Fit® has been proven ef­fec­tive for im­prov­ing mus­cu­lar strength, bal­ance, co­or­di­na­tion, mo­tor skills, re­ac­tion time, flex­i­bil­ity, gait, arthritic con­di­tions, and func­tional ca­pac­ity. Ger­iFit® is an ev­i­dence-based strength train­ing pro­gram that’s sim­i­lar to body­build­ing done in a group set­ting.

Par­tic­i­pants start out us­ing a set of 2-pound dumb­bells and then, as their strength in­creases, they can use heav­ier dumb­bells in or­der to build even more strength and bal­ance. Most of the ex­er­cises are per­formed seated in chairs but par­tic­i­pants have the op­tion to do them stand­ing if they pre­fer. There is no chore­og­ra­phy, danc­ing, aer­o­bics, or floor­work used in the pro­gram. Any

se­nior age and fit­ness level can en­roll, but the pro­gram es­pe­cially ac­com­mo­dates those that want to get strong again or are mo­bil­ity dis­ad­van­taged and have a dif­fi­cult time get­ting out of a chair, deep seated couch, or car. The classes will be of­fered at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions, in­clud­ing the Ed­wardsville Ac­tive Adult Cen­ter, the Ha­zle­ton YMCA/YWCA, the WilkesBarre YMCA, the Tunkhan­nock Li­brary, and the Jewish Com­mu­nity Cen­ter in WilkesBarre. The class is of­fered at no cost to those 50 and older. Those in­ter­ested in at­tend­ing should bring their own set of dumb­bells, a stretch band, and wa­ter to drink dur­ing the work­out. Class size is lim­ited and ad­vance reg­is­tra­tion is re­quired. The Ed­wardsville Ac­tive Adult Cen­ter will be host­ing a Ger­iFit® Os­teo­poro­sis Work­shop on Thursday, July 14 at 11 a.m. Pub­lic is in­vited. Par­tic­i­pants are en­cour­aged to ob­serve and take notes. Hand­outs of the ex­er­cises will be dis­trib­uted. Ad­mis­sion is free to this one-time demon­stra­tion, but ad­vance reg­is­tra­tion is re­quired due to lim­ited seat­ing. To pr­ereg­is­ter, call Rachael Ki­wak at the Ed­wardsville Ac­tive Adult Cen­ter at 570-287-3381. For in­for­ma­tion on Prime Time Health classes, con­tact Patti Gozikowski at 570-822-1158, ext. 3333.

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