New dancing program for seniors

  • A new dancing and movement class will be offered on Wednesdays at the Athol Senior Center. —File photo

Published: 4/9/2019 9:50:51 AM

ATHOL — A new program is starting up, “Music, Dance, Movement and Variety for Active Seniors,” with Betsy Scofield. Classes will be held on Wednesdays, from 1-2 p.m., starting April 10 at the Athol Senior Center, 82 Freedom St.

Dancing supports brain health, along with physical, emotional, spiritual and social well-being.

Organizers say movement is key for healthy aging, maintaining mobility and quality of life and music is a wonderful  medium for connecting and uplifting. The dance activities and music vary each time to keep the program engaging.

Sessions include a gentle warm-up, a simplified social dance step and include the popular “Line Dancing.”  Various fitness aspects are woven into the class. Cardio, muscular strength, endurance, power, flexibility, balance, reaction speed and multi-tasking. Participants are equally welcome to dance with smaller or bigger movements, or to simply rest, enjoy the music and dance through their imagination.

The most important thing is that  participants pay attention to what their body needs and listen to their own limits.

Betsy's credentials include providing  and instructing the Silver Sneakers Program for the Athol Area YMCA. She sings and entertains with the local band "Free Range."



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