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Fit, Fabulous Seniors

I am so excited to share with you my newly designed Fitness Program for Assisted and Independent Living Facilities called Fit Fabulous Seniors.

My unique system incorporates line dancing, energy work, movement patterns, balance techniques, cardio, strength and flexibility training that not only work to strengthen the physical body, increase balance and coordination, provide a greater degree of mobility, but more importantly enhance cognitive neural functions, increase energy, reduce depression, and slow down, prevent and even reverse memory loss.

I would like to offer my Line Dance, water aerobics and Fitness classes for your residents.

When dancing is combined with my other unique techniques, you will notice a difference in your resident’s attentiveness, energy levels, increased strength, cognitive functions and memory capability as well as an overall sense of well-being.

 

Some results I have seen:

-       My regular students remember the music and foot work patterns we use on a regular basis.

-       They hear a particular song, and once they start moving their feet they catch the beat and their motor skills kick in as they move.

-       Their balance is enhanced as we do specific patterns to facilitate a strong foundation and coordination through functional moves.

-       Social interaction increases through group participation.

-       When we have stronger muscles, we are less likely to fall and injure ourselves. Dancing and my customized fitness system requires a strong core body presence. Our core is our main strength and is enhanced as we dance.

-       Endurance is increased. And energy enhanced.

-       One of my Parkinson’s residents has noticed less shaking and is more alert.

-       My unique dance and fitness in system is a win-win for everyone as we implement all forms of fitness for a complete experience that enhances physical, mental and emotional health.

"Studies show that dancing improves mood and certain cognitive skills, such as visual recognition and decision-making. Other studies show that dance helps reduce stress, increases levels of the feel-good hormone serotonin, and helps develop new neural connections, especially in regions involved in executive function, long-term memory, and spatial recognition. Dance has been found to be therapeutic for patients with Parkinson’s disease." 

http://neuro.hms.harvard.edu/harvard-mahoney-neuroscience-institute/brain-newsletter/and-brain-series/dancing-and-brain

As was noted in a 2003 study in the New England Journal of Medicine by researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, dance has the ability to decidedly improve brain health. 

"The 21-year study of senior citizens, 75 and older, was led by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, funded by the National Institute on Aging, and published in the New England Journal of Medicine.  Their method for objectively measuring mental acuity in aging was to monitor rates of dementia, including Alzheimer's disease. The study wanted to see if any physical or cognitive recreational activities influenced mental acuity.  They discovered that some activities had a significant beneficial effect.  Other activities had none. 

One of the surprises of the study was that almost none of the physical activities appeared to offer any protection against dementia.  There can be cardiovascular benefits of course, but the focus of this study was the mind.

There was one important exception:  the only physical activity to offer protection against dementia was frequent dancing. 

  • Reading - 35% reduced risk of dementia
  • Bicycling and swimming - 0%
  • Doing crossword puzzles at least four days a week - 47%
  • Playing golf - 0%
  • Dancing frequently - 76%.   That was the greatest risk reduction of any activity studied, cognitive or physical. 

https://socialdance.stanford.edu/syllabi/smarter.htm

What others are saying...
"Line Dancing with Vickie has been so great for my ability to move and walk without my walker. It also helps in my balance. Vickie is a very caring, warm person and she inspires me to keep moving."
Helen L.
"Line Dancing has improved my balance and I look forward to it. It has also improved my breathing. Vickie has a great talent for explaining the steps snd motivates us."
Shirley C.

"Recently I had the pleasure of observing Vickie teaching Line Dance and Fitness to the seniors. She does such a wonderful job working with this population. She is patient, observant and definitely teaches to the level of the seniors. During her classes she is relating to them in a kind, gentle, yet effective manner, with lots of positive feedback and encouragement. She gets to know them on a personal level with total care and compassion. I have seen the respect and appreciation the class members show for Vickie." 

Laina Lee

Owner of Dance Lane

 

I would be honored to meet with you and discuss how we could work with your residents to improve their health and well-being.

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