For seniors wishing to get up and get moving, there is Geri-Fit – a Temecula-based workout program that offers a comprehensive approach to health and fitness for older adults.
“It’s really a good idea to have fitness (programs) available to seniors,” said Geri-Fit founder Fran Fisher.
“Every year that we age, muscle tone is lost. So, it’s important to create and strengthen as much muscle as possible,” Fisher said.
Fisher added that older adults who exercise on a regular basis help their bodies become stronger which, in turn, helps decrease the chance of falls.
Additional benefits include an improvement in arthritic conditions, better mobility and flexibility and stronger muscles and bones.
Exercise can also help combat depression and studies show that exercising may even halt or prevent dementia, Fisher said.
One way to do so is through the Silver&Fit program where participants can take advantage of free exercise classes, weights and machines. The program offers up to $500 worth of exercise benefits.
Fisher said the program is available to people who are 65 years or older, Medicare-eligible and have purchased Medicare Advantage coverage that includes the Silver&Fit program as an added benefit.
Fisher noted: “It’s never too late to get started.”
Additionally, in partnership with the Visiting Nurses Association (VNA), Geri-Fit will offer Osteoporosis workshops throughout January as part of its free community outreach program.
During the presentation, certified strength trainers will demonstrate safe and effective ways to exercise the spine, hips and wrists for good bone health.
Guest participation is not necessary during the workshop.
The workshops are planned for 2 p.m. on Jan. 9 at 6235 River Crest Drive, Ste. L in Riverside and at 2 p.m. on Jan. 16 at 42-600 Cook Street, Ste., 202 in Palm Desert.
For more information about whether your Medicare plan includes the Silver&Fit or Geri-Fit programs, contact your health plan.
To learn more about Geri-Fit, visit http://www.gerifit.com/.
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