Health & Fitness
Students have a “ball of fun” in Kathy Gilbert’s Brain-Body-Balance class as they work on exercises to improve balance, coordination, muscle strength and memory.
Fit Without Falls in 2016
by Bense Felix and Chantalle Geffraud, Health & Wellness Interns, Tallahassee Senior Center
Half of 2016 remains and there’s still time to dust off your fitness resolutions and make exercise and fitness part of your optimal aging regimen. Brain-Body-Balance classes, taught by certified instructors, are designed to help you reach your fitness goals with the added perk of preventing falls.
Instructor and personal trainer Kathy Gilbert is one of Tallahassee’s fitness gems! She developed and teaches weekly Brain-Body-Balance classes at the Senior Center and two outreach sites -- Allegro and Optimist Park. The class focus is primarily on preventing future falls, often the beginning of a “slippery slope” into losing one’s independence.
The curriculum involves exercises that improve balance, coordination, muscle strength and memory. Classes include the use of resistance bands and exercise balls, and conclude with memory and cognition activities.
In between, there is a lot of laughter and fellowship. Kathy states, “Folks tell me that they feel physically stronger, more flexible, focused and coordinated.” Kathy continues, “Participants often regain the ability to do some things thought they no longer could.”
Every Tuesday afternoon Wendy Barber, a certified health and fitness coach, can be found at the Southwood Community Center teaching her rendition of Brain-Body-Balance. The mission of Wendy’s class is to promote a stronger connection between brain and body through strength and balance exercises. Since her class has started, ongoing participants have self-reported that they fall less and feel better.
Wendy coaches an intimate group in SouthWood’s Community Center; her class is open to all members of the community. Wendy says, “If you’re in the area and looking for a great workout, please join us! If you rest, you rust!”
Whether you are looking for an intimate or large group class designed to help you maintain your resolution of optimal fitness and independence, the Brain-Body-Balance classes offered at the Tallahassee Senior Center and outreach sites, may be the perfect option! For more information on these or other fitness classes, email Ruth.Nickens@Talgov.com or call 850-891-4042 or 850-891-4045.
Health & Wellness Programs
The listed presentations, massage and classes at the Tallahassee Senior Center are $2 unless otherwise indicated. We graciously accept donations of clean medical equipment to share with those in need. Walkers, wheelchairs, canes, adult diapers, Ensure, shower chairs, etc. Your donation is tax deductible. For more information, call Ruth Nickens, RN, Health & Wellness Program Coordinator at 891-4042 or email or Henry Steele, Health Suite Assistant at 891-4045.
“Cognitive Wellness Workshop Series”
Wed. & Thu., July 6-21, 8:30-9:30 a.m. Health Suite
Enjoy and experience six interactive, fun and creative classes designed to decrease stress, increase cognition, promote physical function and encourage greater happiness. Offered by FAMU OT Students.
“Tools to Quit: A Smoking Cessation Workshop”
Mon., July 18, Aug. 1 and Sept. 19, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Conf. Rm 1A
This program, designed by former smokers, was developed for people who want to become non-smokers. Attend one of these highly effective class/support groups if you are ready to quit smoking now. Nicotine patches provided at no charge. Offered by Big Bend AHEC. Call 224-1177 to register.
“On Your Nerves: All About Neuropathy”
Wed., July 20, 11 a.m.-noon. Dining Room
Increase your understanding of neuropathy, a common disorder that impacts nerves in your arms and legs, the causes, the symptoms, and the treatments. Offered by Dr. Elton Powell, Dynamic Spine and Wellness Center.
“Eye Health and Vision Expo”
Thu., July 21 10 a.m.-noon. Activity Room/Health Suite.
July is National UV Protection Month. It is as important to protect your eyes from sun damage as it is to protect your skin. Take advantage of resource information and vision, glaucoma, and other health screenings. Offered by Eye Associates.
“Occupational Therapy Mini-Expo”
Thu., July 28, 10 a.m.-noon. Activity Room
Program will include health screenings and information about better living through OT. Offered by Kaiser Occupational Therapy Assistance Program.
Podiatry Screening & Foot Care
Thu., Aug. 4, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Health Suite
Dr. Gary McCoy, Podiatrist & foot specialist cuts toenails and assesses foot problems. Doctor accepts Medicare, Medicaid, and secondary insurance, which may cover costs for this service if you have diabetes, vascular disease, neuropathy, renal failure, MS, or are on blood thinner Coumadin. Otherwise, $25 fee applies. No appointment necessary.
“A Matter of Balance”
Thu., Aug. 25–Oct. 13, 10 a.m.-noon. Activity Room
A Matter of Balance is a tried and true 8-week falls prevention program. It emphasizes practical strategies to reduce fear of falling and to increase activity levels. Participants learn to view falls and fear of falling as controllable, set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and exercise to increase strength and balance. No-cost. Call 850-891-4045 to register. Offered by Area Agency on Aging.
“Suspect Sepsis: Save Lives”
Wed., Sept.7, 11 a.m.–noon. Dining Room
Sepsis is the body’s overwhelming and life-threatening response to an infection. It can occur to anyone, at any time, from any type of infection and can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death. Learn more about where it comes from and how to prevent it! Presented by Lucinda Rosebush, RN, BSN, Sepsis and Stroke Coordinator, CRMC.
Health Screenings and Services
All services are 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., unless otherwise noted:
Blood Pressure / Wed. & Thu., 10:00 a.m.-noon, Offered by medical volunteers
Every Wed., 10:00 a.m.-noon, Offered by medical volunteers
Wed., July 13, 10 a.m.–noon, offered by Audibel.
Sept. 14, 10 a.m.–noon, offered by Audibel.
Pulse Oximetry /
Thu., Aug. 4 & Sept. 1, 10 a.m.–noon, offered by medical volunteers.
Vision and Glaucoma, Thu., July 21 10 a.m.–noon, offered by Eye Associates.
Spinal Screenings, Thu., Aug. 18, 10 a.m.–noon, offered by Dr. Elton Powell.
Massage, Meditation and Reiki
Tue., now weekly, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Susie Howell, Reiki Master, and Friends
Meditation and Mindfulness Guidelines /
Tue., July 12 & Aug. 9, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Offered in conjunction with Reiki, these encounters introduce you to the secrets of the timeless art of meditation. You will feel calmer, more focused and balanced. Taught by Leslie Hanks' Yoga Unlimited.
Massage, Tue., July 26, 10 a.m.-noon, Norma Reesor, LMT.
Fitness at the Tallahassee Senior Center
Fitness classes are $2 unless otherwise indicated. For more information, call Ruth Nickens, RN, Health & Wellness Program Coordinator at 891-4042 or Ruth.Nickens@talgov.com or Henry Steele, Health Suite Assistant at 891-4045 or visit our website at www.talgov.com/seniors.
Wanted: Dynamic Fitness Instructor
Dynamic fitness instructor or personal trainer wanted to teach a Men’s Fitness Class. Must be certified, preferably in Senior Fitness. For interest and/or more information, please contact Ruth Nickens, RN, Health & Wellness Program Coordinator at 891-4042 or Ruth.Nickens@talgov.com.
Tue., 11am-Noon, 2nd Floor Auditorium, taught by Lori Roberts, certified NIA yoga instructor.
Meditation and Mindfulness Guidelines
Tue., June 14 & July 12, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Health Suite.
Offered one Tuesday each month in conjunction with Reiki, these encounters introduce you to the secrets of the timeless art of meditation, helping you feel calmer, more focused, and balanced. Taught by Leslie Hanks, Yoga Unlimited.
Mon., 1:30–2:30 p.m., 2nd Floor Auditorium, is an active-aging, fall prevention program specifically created to train and reverse many types of aging. Our philosophy fuses movement with neuroplasticity-enhancing drills to improve balance, the various functions of the brain, reflex skills, and improve daily life skills. Taught by Kathy Gilbert.
Tue., 10-11 a.m., Optimist Park, Kathy Gilbert
Tue., 1-2 p.m., SouthWood, Wendy Barber ($5 donation)
Wed., 2-3 p.m., Allegro Heritage Oaks, Kathy Gilbert
Fri., 11am–Noon, Dining Room, offers a gentle yoga workout for increased mobility, bladder control, self-esteem, and mental focus. Taught by Certified Yoga Instructor Bridget Welch.
Tue. and Thu., 9:30–10:30 a.m., 2nd Floor Auditorium, is a very popular and dynamic workout consisting of aerobics, light weights, stretching, strengthening and balance exercises. This workout is suitable for everyone and you can participate seated.
Wed. and Fri. 10–11am
Thu., 5:30–6:30 p.m., 2nd Floor Auditorium, $5 (50+) $7 others.
Mon. and Wed., 5:30-7:00 p.m., taught by certified yoga instructor Pamela Hunter. Vigorous practice for adults including poses, relaxation, and mediation. Wear comfortable clothes and bring yoga mat (if you have one). Fee: $10 (50+), $12 others.
Neighborhood Fitness Sites
Each class $2 (50+), $3 others.
Allegro, 4501 Shannon Lakes Dr. W.
Brain, Body, Balance with Kathy Gilbert, Wed., 2-3 p.m.
Bradfordville Fitness Northeast Branch Library, Rm. 103, 5513 Thomasville Rd.
For Bradfordville fitness classes, due to limited class size, prior to attending, call Llona Geiger, instructor, at 850-510-2801 to check availability.
Senior Fitness I (Beginner): Tue. & Fri, 9:30–10:15 a.m. $2.
Senior Fitness II (Beginner: Tue. & Fri, 10:30–11:15 a.m. $2.
Senior Fitness III: Tue. & Fri, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. $2.
Senior Fitness IV: Tue. & Fri., 1-2 p.m. $2.
Chaires-Capitola, Dorothy C. Spence Community Center
Seated Exercise: Tue. & Thu., 9:30–10:30 a.m., $2.
Senior Fitness: Mon., Wed. & Fri., 8:30–9:30 a.m. $2.
Fort Braden Community Center
Senior Fitness: Mon. & Wed., 10:30–11:30 a.m. $2.
Jack McLean Community Center
Super Seniors Fitness: Tue., Wed. & Thu., 10-11a.m. No charge.
Lake Jackson Community Center
Mindful Movement: Thu., 1-2 p.m.
Miccosukee Community Center Senior Fitness with Judy Upchurch,
Senior Fitness: Tue. & Thu., 11:15 a.m.–noon, $2.
Optimist Park, 1355 Indianhead Dr.
Brain-Body-Balance: Tue., 10-11 a.m. $2.
SouthWood Community Center
Brain-Body-Balance: Tue., 1-2 p.m., $5.
Woodville Community Center
Senior Fitness: Mon. and Wed., 8:30–9:30 a.m., $2.
Note: Aug. 22, 24, 29 & 31, due to Early Voting, classes moved to Jack McLean Community Center, 700 Paul Russell Rd.
Water Aerobics at City of Tallahassee Pools