Truckee senior citizens help others in new exercise program
Some senior citizens in Truckee are getting the chance to help others live longer, healthier lives while improving their own health in the process.
Part of the “Fitness Forever” health and rehabilitation program, approximately 60 seniors from Truckee and Tahoe gather for the three-day-per-week class, which aims to improve strength, flexibility and even social and emotional aspects of their lives.
The seniors at Tahoe Forest Hospital’s Extended Care Facility are working in conjunction with Janet Brady, director of health promotions at TFH, exercise specialist Nancy Swayzee and researchers from the University of Nevada, Reno, and have produced a video tape designed to help the elderly across the nation.
“There was nothing out there designed for seniors,” Brady said. “We also needed something for cardiac rehabilitation. We wanted something which could be used in an extended care or assisted living setting.”
The video, set to hit shelves soon, was endorsed by the American College of Sports Medicine, which Brady called an honor.
“They usually don’t approve anything that’s not their own product,” she said.
Last week, seniors in the program lined up for evaluations by the UNR study group to test the effectiveness of the exercise and diet program.
Flexibility, endurance and agility were assessed through various physical tests from standing up and sitting down in a chair to riding a stationary bicycle.
“We have seen tremendous results,” Brady said.
She said the video, filmed last June, will even be shown in the social room of the Extended Care Facility.
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