Wellness should be fun – right? A highly effective brain fitness programme, Ageless Grace, achieves just that by getting people to move and think through the power of play.
Who can participate?
Although the programme is designed for those over 50, almost anyone of any age, ability, body type, size or physical challenges (including those in wheelchairs) can participate as you only do what your body allows you to do while sitting on a chair. The classes are an hour long.
Are the exercises difficult?
No, the 21 exercises are based on everyday movements. Each exercise is developed to stimulate the brain and addresses a primary factor that counteracts ageing. It is also done to the rhythm of “golden oldies” music that evokes lovely memories and pleasant experiences while exercising.
How will I benefit?
We need to keep our bodies healthy so that we can keep on moving with ease and function optimally. The exercises stimulate and use all five areas of the brain (strategic planning, memory and recall, analytical thinking, creativity and imagination and kinesthetic learning); create, renew and maintain brain paths; activate the core of the body and organs; improve mobility in the joints and back and contributes to better balance and stability in the ligaments. Endorphins are also released which leads to a better mood. In short, it will help you to lead a healthier and happier life!
Can people with stress, dementia, Alzheimers, depression and anxiety participate?
Absolutely! Laughter – an excellent way to combat stress – is an integral part of the classes. The stress hormone, cortisol, is also reduced during class. People with dementia or Alzheimers recognise music from their days that helps to relax them and encourages them to participate.
Do you need to train as an educator?
Yes. Denise Medved, the founder of the programme, lost her mother to Alzheimers and spent years researching the relationship between movement and cognitive function. Educators are required to recertify annually and to do a first aid course. They also form part of a worldwide group and update their knowledge via emails, video’s and other forms of information distributed by Ageless Grace.
Contact Annlerie van Rooyen, 082 33 11 434, avrooyen@swdconnect for more information.