How to age gracefully

How to age gracefully. (WPEC)

From a distance, it might seem like a routine chair exercise class.

But it's far from it.

“"How about the accordion, move, we got to move, move it or lose it right?,” said Suzanne Tindol, who leads a group through “Ageless Grace”.

The program has certified instructors around the world, from very large classes at senior communities to small ones like this one 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," said Tindol.

The National Institutes of Health says studies are underway that 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".

"Get into it girls, come on, move that body, get into it," she says.

Five aspects deal with psychological skills.

66-year-old Catherine Purdy 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," says Purdy. "Let's work the functions of our brain, while we're jingling, pretend like we're on stage, and watching us perform."

A combination of physical movement and creative thought.

69-year-old Kathy Hudson loves coming here.

"My Cerebral Palsy is hard, it makes it hard to move, and so she keeps me moving, ha ha, so I like that," says Kathy Hudson, student.

"Let's work our thigh, look at that, that myofacial release needs to move, shake it up, shake it up baby," she says.

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

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