Ageless Grace: The physical and psychological challenges of getting older


A focus on helping people who face some of the physical and psychological challenges of getting older.

From a distance, it might seem like a routine chair exercise class, but it's far from it.

Suzanne Tindol leads a group through 'Ageless Grace,' a program with certified instructors around the world.

From very large classes at senior communities, to small ones like in Henderson County, North Carolina.

The goal at each is timeless fitness for the body and brain.

"To move different body parts, so they can be mobile, flexible, work their brain, creativity."

The National Institute of Health says studies show evidence exercise has a powerful effect on the human brain.

Many already indicate physical activity appears to reduce the incidence of depression.

Also, delays or possibly even prevents Alzheimer's disease as well as easing symptoms in people who have these disorders.

There are 21 physical moves covered in 'Ageless Grace.'

Five aspects deal with psychological skills.

Catherine Purdy, 66, has Parkinson's.

"This helps slow the progression of the disease, in addition to my medication, exercise in any form is one of the most important things I can do."

A combination of physical movement and creative thought.

Kathy Hudson, 69, loves coming here.

"My Cerebral Palsy is hard, it makes it hard to move, and so she keeps me I like that."

And the teacher clearly enjoys the work she does, being the guide to 'Ageless Grace.'

"What we're doing now, is helping us work through our life and our older years."

"This is good, we just, there's no right or wrong answer, we let them be them."

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