Health and Wellness
Health screening & immunizations, certified exercise programs, Zumba and Zumba Gold, Balance & Stretching, Tai Chi, Yoga, Massage, Health and Wellness speakers
If your doctor has recommended that you monitor your blood pressure, we have made it easy. Join us for our FREE screenings on Mondays from 9-11 a.m., with the exception of the third week of the month when the blood pressure check will be Tuesday from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Enjoy a cup of coffee, read the newspaper, catch a morning TV show, work on a puzzle, or chat with friends while you wait.
Blood Glucose tests are available the first Monday of every month for $3.
Cholesterol, Bone Density, Vision and Hearing
These screenings are offered periodically at the Dwyer Center. Please consult the Prime Times Senior Newsletter or call 835-6565 for more information.
Thanks to Our Community Partners
Sharon Halm, R.N- Lakewood Hosp.
Nancy Girardot, R.N. Bradley Bay
Lucille Mahler, R.N. St John's Medical Center, Huntington Woods Care & Rehab.
Medical Equipment For Loan
With Medicare not always paying for health equipment that you may need, residents of Bay Village are able to borrow donated medical equipment while recuperating from surgery or an injury.
Available equipment includes wheelchairs, walkers, canes, shower benches, etc. at no charge.
Call 899-3442 for more information or to request or donate equipment.
Senior Hi Fitness
What is Strength Training?
Strength training can take many forms. Weights, exercise bands, even your own body weight are some tools that can be used for your strength training routine. You will perform a certain number of repetitions using different sets of muscles. Working your muscles just a little beyond their comfort zone which will steadily increase your strength and fitness level.
What Happens During Aging?
As we age, muscles begin to atrophy, slowly being replaced by fat. After the age of 50, muscle mass decreases as much as 15% for each decade until the age of 70. After 70, this process accelerates to 30% each decade
Muscle loss contributes to falls, fractures, weakness, slow metabolism, glucose intolerance and loss of ability to perform normal activities.
But Don't Worry…There Is Hope
Benefits of Strength Training
Substantial research has shown that Strength Training has some amazing health benefits:
· Heavier bone density
· Improved balance
· Increased total strength
As study conducted by Tufts University shows that resistance based workouts also significantly decrease the risk of:
· Colon Cancer
· High Blood Pressure
· Lower Back Pain
· Arthritic Discomfort
· Falls and Fractures
Simple resistance training, done regularly, can greatly improve muscle strength, power and functional performance in older adults. Whether you are 65, 75 or even in your 90s, it is not too late to begin. You will see a positive effect.
About the Teacher
Linda Herbkersman holds a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Masters work in Children's Literature. She earned a living doing marketing.
Devastated by the death of her mother in 1998, her doctor told her to "get moving" because nothing helps ease depression like exercise. Linda registered for a weight lifting class and by the end of the 1st year was approached by the company to become an instructor.
Two years later, Linda quit her day job to become a full-time exercise instructor. She is certified by the American Fitness Professionals Association as a Senior Fitness Instructor as well as certified to teach classes in Balance, Exercise for Arthritis, Osteoporosis, and Alzheimer's.
Tuesdays 8:45 am Bay Village
Thursdays 8:45 am Bay Village
What is Qigong?
Qigong (pronounced "chee-gong") began in ancient China as a medical/wellness practice using breath, focus, and various still or moving postures for healing and encouraging good health. From this origin evolved spiritual and meditative practices, and eventually applications in martial arts. Today numerous Qigong forms are practiced as a means of health maintenance through movement.
What is Tai Chi?
Tai Chi (pronounced "tie-chee) forms and study are one aspect of Qigong practice, often with an emphasis on the martial element or application. Tai Chi forms are more complex choreographed patterns ranging from 24 movement short forms to over 100 movements in the long forms of the five major styles of Tai Chi (Chen, Hao, Sun, Wu, and Yang).
In our classes we practice the Simplified 24 Short Form (or Beijing Form), the Wu Style Long Form, the Eight Pieces of Brocade from Qigong practice, and other Qigong movements, with emphasis on practice for good health and wellness.
Kudos from the AMA!
Harvard University and the Mayo Clinic have written articles praising Tai Chi, and Doctors Michael Roizen of Cleveland Clinic and Doctor Oz of the Oprah show recommend Qigong practice as a part of a healthy lifestyle.
Studies show many important benefits:
· Improved everyday physical functioning.
· Improved cardiovascular fitness.
· Reduced anxiety and depression.
· Improved balance and coordination.
· Improved sleep quality.
· Slowing of bone loss.
· Reduced high blood pressure.
· Reduced number of falls.
· Relief from chronic pain.
About the Teacher
C. Michael Rhoades began study of martial arts in 1974, including Taekwondo, Karate, Judo, Jiujitsu, Aikido/Aikijutsu, Kobudo, and Chanbara. He holds a second degree black belt in Changmookwan Taekwondo, third degree in Kwanmukan Karate, Aikijutsu, and Kobudo, teaching certification in Chanbara competition, and licensure as a referee with the USA Karate Federation. He held certification as a self-defense instructor with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction for 16 years, retiring in 2009 after 28 years as a parole officer.
Michael began study of Tai Chi and Qigong in 1999 with Susan Cady, and in 2000 with Susan's teacher, Richard Leirer, and the Cleveland Qigong Academy. The Qigong Academy awarded him teaching certification in 2006.
Mondays 10:00 am Bay Village (Wu) Fridays 10:30 am Bay Village (24)
What is Yoga?
Yoga is the union of Mind, Body, and Spirit. It is considered a holistic experience which rejuvenates the mind, body and spirit. While "Westernized" yoga is more fitness focused, the practice is calming and peaceful.
As we age, we stop breathing fully. Yoga reminds us that is it important to exhale as fully as we inhale. As we grow older, we lose flexibility in our ribcage creating less room for lung expansion. Mindful breathing focuses on full inhalations and exhalations and serves to slow down the heart rate which, in turn, improves focus and increases concentration.
The Sanskrit term "asana' translates to pose or posture. Focus is placed on positioning all body parts correctly and mindfully so that each side of the body is balanced.
Benefits of Yoga
Substantial research has shown that Yoga has some amazing health benefits:
· Excess Weight
· Chronic Pain
· Lung Problems/Breathing Difficulties
· Carpal Tunnel
· Body Image
Our gentle yoga class is designed so just about anyone can participate using chairs or on the floor.
It gently works muscles and joints to enhance strength, range of motion, balance and circulation.
About the Teacher
Tolisa Mize Horning holds a B.A. from Case Western Reserve. She has studied yoga, ballet and dance confirming her belief that movement is medicine.
Tolisa was a producer for the Morning Exchange and later TV3 in the News Department. While raising her family, she continued with her yoga practice and taught a variety of music and movement classes.
Tolisa is a certified yoga therapist and is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. She teaches Youth Yoga, Adult Yoga, Chair Yoga, Restorative Yoga and Senior Yoga.
Mondays 10:30 am Bay Village
What is ZUMBA®?
ZUMBA Fitness is a dance fitness program that incorporates Latin and international rhythms like Salsa, Merengue, Cha Cha, Cumbia, and more to create a challenging workout that's more like a fitness party!
What is ZUMBA Gold ®?
ZUMBA Gold is a specialty format of ZUMBA Fitness. It is an innovative, safe, fun, and exciting fitness program designed especially for the active older adult, as well as, the true beginner. It is also great for people who are not used to exercising or who may be limited physically.
Not Your Daughter's ZUMBA® or Your Mother's Either!
This is a class that instructor Sheri Lugo designed for women in their 40s, 50s and 60s which has longer time between transitions of steps than traditional ZUMBA yet not for someone who is limited physically. The pace is fast, but is easy to follow.
Benefits of ZUMBA®
Zumba is a total body workout. With weight and resistance training, you're focusing on one group of muscles at a time. When you do cardio on a treadmill or exercise bike, you are mostly working the lower body. Zumba provides a total body toning routine along with a heart pumping aerobic workout. It is a way to get toned, benefit the heart, and burn calories all at the same time.
The most common reason people stop exercising is lack of time and boredom. Zumba addresses both of these problems by providing a total body workout in one session and making exercise fun. The music is lively and the mood is incredibly upbeat in a Zumba exercise class. Time goes by quickly because the dance routines are anything but boring. Most people look forward to coming to class- and so they keep coming- and seeing results
Zumba is better than therapy. The energetic moves release mood altering endorphins. You can feel your worries melt away as you loose yourself in the music and the movements.
Interval training is one of the best ways to burn calories. Zumba alternates fast and slow sequences to vary the intensity. An hour in Zumba class can burn as many as 800 calories.
About the Teacher
Sheri Lugo is a Licensed instructor for ZUMBA Fitness and ZUMBA Gold. She is AFAA Certified Group Fitness Instructor and Adult CPR/AED certified.
Sheri was significantly overweight and sedentary for more than 20 years. She lost the weight through Weight Watchers and has worked on staff with them since 2003.
She used to think that exercise was a chore. That was until she discovered ZUMBA. Finally, she found a way to enjoy the music she loves and burn some serious calories at the same time.
Her effervescent personality makes this a fun class to take. So join us at the party!
Wednesdays 5:30 pm Bay Village
Fridays 10:00 am Bay Village (Gold)