The Citizens' Voice
GERI-FIT PROGRAM OFFERED TO AREA SENIORS:
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.