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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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