The Importance of Staying Connected and Active This Winter

There’s a chill in the air indicating that cold weather, snow, and ice are just around the corner. While we bask in the comfort of our sweaters and pumpkin spice lattes, soaking up the transitional weather between summer and winter, it’s important to remember that to stay healthy and upright, we need to maintain social connections and physical activity even as the weather turns cold.

Many older adults report feeling socially isolated and/or lonely. Winter weather certainly doesn’t help when weather conditions make it more difficult to get out and about to meet up with friends or attend an exercise class. As tempting as it is to bundle up under the covers with a good book or movie, staying active is important for both mental and physical health.

Icy sidewalks can be frightening, but there are many options for staying active during the winter. With the appropriate equipment, it’s often possible to safely go outside. Yak traks, which attach to your boots, and ice cane tips both provide more traction for walking on icy ground. Also wearing layers is important if you plan to exercise outside so you can better regulate your body temperature. If you’re not keen on braving the elements, there are now lots of programs available virtually that help improve balance. Local programs include Tai Chi and Ballroom Basics for Balance offer virtual programming, and you can also find some great videos online. Silver Sneakers has a library of videos, and most Medicare plans allow you to easily access them. Your living room, kitchen and bathroom can become your own personal gym if you incorporate simple exercises like toe raises while brushing your teeth or side-stepping down the length of your kitchen counter. The main thing is to KEEP MOVING! Less movement means loss of muscle mass for those important muscles that help you stand from a seated position, sit from a standing position, and safely step up or down from a curb.

In addition to the falls prevention aspect of moving and staying engaged in some sort of programming, there’s also a very important social factor. Whether we’re Facetiming loved ones who may not live nearby or chatting with a neighbor on the telephone, maintaining social connection is vital to our health. According to the Office of the Surgeon General, lacking social connection is as dangerous as smoking up to 15 cigarettes a day. And according to the report released this year, “chronic loneliness and social isolation can increase the risk of developing dementia by approximately 50% in older adults. Additionally, lacking social connection increases risk of premature death by more than 60%” The effects of Covid-19 have shed an even brighter light on how important social connection is through all stages of life. Balance-enhancing classes, both in-person and virtual, can help provide that social connection for many people.

This winter, try making a goal to maintain social connections and to keep active! This can be done many different ways however YOU feel the most comfortable doing it. Don’t hesitate to visit the Safe Communities website (www.safercommunity.net) or call Ashley Hillman at 608-235-1957 to find out what programs (both in-person and virtual) are available near you. We all want the autonomy to be independent and to live our lives the way we want – staying connected and staying upright will help us to achieve those goals.

September 27 “Only Leaves Should Fall” Mini Events

If you are concerned about falling or have fallen in the past, please join us on Tuesday, September 27 at the Triangle Community Ministry or Mt. Zion Baptist Church to learn about strategies to prevent a fall. These events are FREE and lunch is included. After lunch, participants will progress through a series of screenings, such as vision, blood pressure, gait, and medication to help determine one’s fall risk. Then participants will leave with information about how to prevent a fall to continue living a healthy, independent life.

We know that falls are the number one cause of injury death among our older adult population in Wisconsin. The rate of fall deaths in WI is more than twice the national average. The good news is that we can help change these sobering statistics! Falls as we age are not inevitable and when equipped with the right tools and strategies, we can prevent falls from happening in the first place.

We would like to thank all of our partners involved in these two events: The Triangle Community Ministry and Mt. Zion Baptist Church for hosting; UW-Madison Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, and Nursing programs, Madison College Occupational Therapy Assistant program, and Edgewood College Nursing program for conducting screenings and working with participants at both locations; UW Health and St. Mary’s for lunch; and the African American Health Network, the Dane County Falls Prevention Task Force, and the Community Academic Aging Research Network (CAARN) for helping to make these events possible.

For more information about either event, please call Ashley Hillman at 608-235-1957. While the events at both locations are free, we do ask that you register ahead of time by calling the following numbers:

Triangle Community Ministry: Call Nurse Carri at 608-257-8517

Mt. Zion Baptist Church: Call 608-255-5270

Unique Steppin’ – Improve your dance moves AND your balance!

Join us on Saturdays from 1-3pm starting August 20 as Safe Communities and Madison School & Community Recreation (MSCR) collaborate to offer Unique Steppin’ to improve balance AND dance moves. While this program is intended to improve your balance, there’s an added bonus of improving your dance moves all while having fun. Roy Jones is the Unique Steppin’ instructor and has experience with this Chicago style of dance and is gifted at teaching others about something he, himself, is so passionate about doing.

According to research, there is evidence that dance improves balance as we age. Using both the brain and the body at the same time challenges one in a way that improves our “functional capacity”.[1] Improving balance is so important in preventing a fall. As we age, we often lose strength in certain areas of our bodies that are integral to daily movement, such as sitting in a chair, standing from a chair, and stepping over a curb. When we can more safely navigate our environment, we can enjoy our environment more fully, which gives us more independence.

In addition to improving balance, this class is an opportunity to engage with others. We all know that Covid has prevented social interaction and has led to isolation in many cases. Social isolation can lead to various types of negative health outcomes. It’s important that we connect with one another. Unique Steppin’ provides people with that opportunity.

Whether you’ve never heard of Steppin’ or you’ve participated in Steppin’ competitions, all are welcome at the Unique Steppin’ class at MSCR East on Cottage Grove Rd. The only things you need are comfortable clothing and shoes, water, and a positive attitude! Roy will be there to greet you and to help you on your balance AND dance journey!

[1] Rodríguez B, Paris-Garcia F. Influence of Dance Programmes on Gait Parameters and Physical Parameters of the Lower Body in Older People: A Systematic Review. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022 Jan 29;19(3):1547. doi: 10.3390/ijerph19031547. PMID: 35162569; PMCID: PMC8835694.

 

How do you know which exercises or activities improve balance?

By Ashley Hillman, Safe Communities’ Falls Prevention Program Manager

Did you know that there are certain types of exercise that are better for enhancing balance? Walking is great aerobic exercise for your overall health, but it’s actually not an activity that has been proven to help improve balance. However, dancing, pickleball, yoga, ping pong, and Tai Chi are examples of activities that DO improve balance, thus decreasing your risk of a fall. There are certain types of exercises that you can incorporate into your daily routine that help improve balance. Let’s explore!

Static Balance means practicing while your feet or your seat are NOT moving. An example of this may be standing on one leg (maybe try it while you brush your teeth!). While practicing, it’s always a good idea to have a surface available for you to hold onto.

Dynamic Balance means practicing while your feet or your seat ARE moving. It might be time to pull out your dancing shoes because we’ve learned that dancing improves balance. In Dane County, we have Ballroom Basics for Balance™, a super fun dance class where you might learn the East Coast Swing, Cha Cha, or Waltz all while having fun and improving balance. Another example of practicing dynamic balance is stepping over something that might be in your path.

Dual-Task Training means doing something with your body then doing something else with your body OR your brain. This can be a tricky exercise, so while you want to challenge yourself, you don’t want it to be too difficult. Some examples might include walking sideways while counting backward or following a dance routine.

Strength building in the context of improving balance focuses on your legs and core (trunk) area. The goal is to be able to move your body while minimally using your arms and hands. We use our leg and core muscles for many daily activities, such as getting up from a chair, sitting into a chair, or stepping onto a sidewalk.

Now that we know which types of specific activities improve balance, it’s helpful to know how often or long one should engage in such activities. The recommendation is 3 hours per week, but these 3 hours can be broken into “snack size” activities. You don’t need to do them all at once. Incorporate activities into your daily routine. While you’re brushing your teeth, try standing on one leg. While cooking in the kitchen and moving to get something further down the counter, walk sideways and count backwards, all the while ensuring there is a counter or sturdy surface in reach should you need it. The key is to start small and gradually increase the challenge.

There are numerous community classes that have been identified as having the key components to improve balance. These include Tai Chi, dance, yoga, and numerous others that can be found on the Safe Communities website. If you see a “b” next to a class, you’ll know that it has been given the “Balance Stamp of Approval”. And if you’re currently taking a class and would like it to be evaluated to see if it contains the key types of activities to improve balance, contact Ashley Hillman at 608-235-1957 or ahillman@safercommunity.net. We hope to see you in one of Dane County’s many balance enhancing classes soon!

Local Home Safety Resources

Elderly man and woman participating in yoga

Home Safety Resources:

Safety Checklist from the CDC (PDF)

SSM Health Medical Equipment
4639 Hammersley Road
Madison, WI 53711
(800) 924-2273
https://www.homehealthunited.org/home-medical-equipment

All our retail stores have an extensive supply of home medical equipment and supplies to assist patients and caregivers with treatments and care as well as increase mobility, safety, independence and comfort.

SSM Health Voicecare (Personal Emergency Response System)
4639 Hammersley Road
Madison, WI 53711
(855) 332-6882
https://www.ssmhealth.com/health-at-home/community-health-resources/voicecare

Subscribers wear a pendant, and in the event of a fall or other emergency, pressing the activator button will alert monitoring personnel who will contact the subscriber to ensure they are safe, or will contact other designated emergency responders as needed. VoiceCare gives subscribers and their loved ones peace of mind knowing help is available with the push of a button.

Supporting Active Independent Lives (SAIL)
Oakwood Village University Woods Campus
6209 Mineral Point Road #210
Madison, WI 53705
(608)230-4321
www.sailtoday.org

Supporting Active Independent Lives (SAIL) is a vibrant non-profit membership organization of people 55+ who reside in the Dane county area. SAIL members wish to remain active, independent, in their own homes, and socially connected, and have found that navigating the many changes brought on by age is much easier with the resources offered by SAIL. Membership includes referrals to pre-screened service providers, discounted emergency pendants, daily automated check-in service, house checks, shredding services, wellness services, social events and clubs, member-helping-member volunteer opportunities, discounts to Madison School & Community Recreation (MSCR) programs, Home Health United medical equipment, quarterly mattress flipping and other member perks!

William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital
(available to veterans who qualify-contact your VA physician)

Adaptive Remodeling Solutions
6200 Sylvan Ln
Monona, WI 53716
(608)234-7440

http://www.adaptiveremodelingsolutions.com

Adaptive Remodeling Solutions, LLC work to provide older adults and individuals with special needs with the home remodeling solutions that they need to remain independent. This includes remodeling kitchens, bathrooms, and other home modifications that make a home more accessible.

Accessibility Plus
125 Garnet Ln.
Madison, WI 53714
(608) 335-6779

Accessibility Plus is focused exclusively on making the home a safer place for individuals who are physically challenged due to a disability or aging. Our in-home safety assessments and home safety modification services are provided by an Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA).

Project Home
3841 Kipp St.
Madison, WI 53718
(608)246-3737

http://www.projecthomewi.org

Makes home repairs, accessibility modifications and energy improvements to make homes healthier, safer and to ease the financial burden of high energy bills for people who are struggling financially.

UW Health Care Direct
Including Home Health & Home Medical Equipment and Supplies
1345 Deming Way
Middleton, WI 53562
(608) 203-2273

Website

Home Medical Equipment & Supplies services include:

  • Oxygen (concentrators, liquid and portables)
  • Sleep disorder evaluations and equipment
  • Home ventilators
  • Infant apnea monitors
  • Home beds and patient lifts
  • Mobility equipment (wheelchairs, walkers, canes,
    crutches, etc.)
  • Home medical supplies
  • Caregiver education programs
  • Clinical consultation and training
  • Clinical respiratory services
  • 24-hour, 7-day-a-week service

Beauty and the Beast: Winter in WI – Tips for Preventing a Fall this Winter

Person in winter boots walking on snowy street

Lately as we look out of our windows, we see the beauty of winter: glistening trees covered in ice and a white blanket of snow covering what was once green. For Wisconsinites, this particular season (while often beautiful) can pose many fall hazards to older adults. Falls are the #1 cause of injury death among adults 65+ in Wisconsin and are one of the top reasons for calls to EMS. 95% of hip fractures are caused by falls, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Below are some tips to stay upright this winter.

Braving the cold, wintry weather to run errands, visit family, or just to get out of the house without a cell phone on your body can be detrimental and even deadly if you happen to fall outside. Always have a cell phone on your body that is easy to reach in the event you fall or are stranded and need to call for help. Waiting for someone to find you in brutal winter weather can result in not only an injury due to do a fall, but also hypothermia or frostbite.

Winters in Wisconsin are long, and with shorter days comes decreased sun exposure which could impact one’s Vitamin D levels. Talk with your doctor about Vitamin D and whether or not a supplement could be beneficial to help maintain strong bones and aid in other potential positive health outcomes.

The combination of shorter days and staying indoors due to harsh weather could lead to depression in older adults. These two factors, on top of Covid-19, have made social interaction even more difficult for our older population. We know that social interaction is key to good health – we need each other! Finding ways to engage with friends, family, and neighbors despite the weather is important, though it’s important to do so safely. Many health and fitness programs for older adults are now available over the phone or online. This may include Tai Chi, Stepping On, Ballroom Basics for Balance, yoga, and many others! Connect with your local senior center or the Aging and Disability Resource Center (608-240-7400) to find out what might be available. Set up a standing telephone or video coffee date with a friend or loved one to help stay connected.

“Drink Wisconsinbly” may be a funny tag line for a t-shirt or coffee mug, but it’s also a very real problem in our state and can lead to health issues or injuries, such as a fall. As our bodies age, we metabolize alcohol more slowly. And as older adults often take supplements and prescription medications, alcohol often does not interact favorably. Please talk with your doctor about safe alcohol consumption, and be mindful of alcohol intake, especially on those long winter nights that might be exacerbated by feelings of depression.

And be mindful of bringing potential winter hazards into your home! Health care providers recommend taking shoes off when entering your house because snow and ice might be tracked inside the house, thaw, thus creating very slippery patches of water on the floor. This can be another fall hazard.

As you’re gazing at the lovely winter scene outside, take a moment to go through a mental checklist of ways to stay safe: use yak trax or other grip devices on shoes, use a winterized cane tip, ensure sideways and driveways are clear of ice and snow, never leave home without your cell phone, keep kitty litter in your car to provide better traction on ice when getting out of the car in parking lots, institute a check-in system with a loved one or neighbor, and keep your body moving so muscles stay strong! And remember, winter will once again segue into spring.

Contact Ashley Hillman at Safe Communities for information about falls prevention activities in Dane County (608-235-1957).

Fall Prevention Classes: High Risk

Elder black man stretching in park

Referral to Physical Therapy

You may want to consider a physical therapist, preferably one with special training on older adult falls. Many physical therapists are trained to find out why you/your patient is falling, and help them with recovery solutions, such as strength and balance exercises to help reduce the chance of falling again.

Otago

One physical therapy program that has been shown to reduce falls among older adults is the Otago Falls Prevention Program (developed in New Zealand).

Fall Prevention Classes: Medium Risk

Elderly Women sitting and doing physical therapy activities with rubber rings

Stepping On

Stepping On is an evidence-based workshop meeting once per week for seven weeks, two hours per week, with a reunion class three months later. The class is led by trained leaders who work with you and your classmates to help improve your balance and reduce your risk of falling by reviewing medications, exploring the role of vision and falls, teaching strength and balance exercises, and offering help to improve your safety at home. Members of the class support each other’s efforts to take action to prevent falls. Older adults who may have balance problems or fear of falling are the best fit for this class. According to studies, people who complete Stepping On classes see a 31% reduction in falls. A Stepping On workshop costs $35 for the seven week session and includes the reunion class.

An additional 15-30 minutes will be added to the first class of the workshop series to complete paperwork (surveys and data collection).

For research on Stepping on from the CDC, click here.

Available Workshops: 

Waunakee Senior Center

333 S. Madison St., Waunakee 

Thursdays, February 29 – April 18 (skipping 3/28/24) from 9:30am – 11:30am

To register, contact Diane at the Waunakee Senior Center at 608-849-8548

Cost: $10 suggested donation

Oak Park Place

719 Jupiter Dr., Madison

Tuesdays, March 5 – April 16 from 11:00am – 1:00pm

To register, contact Claire Brakke at cbrakke@oakparkplace.com 

Cost: $10 suggested donation

Mt. Horeb Senior Center

107 N. Grove St., Mt. Horeb 

Mondays, April 1 – May 13 from 12:30pm – 2:30pm

To register, contact the Mt. Horeb Senior Center at 608-437-6902

Cost: $10 suggested donation

Cornerstone Community Center

505 N. Main St., DeForest 

Wednesdays, April 3 – May 15 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm

To register, contact the Cornerstone Community Center at 608-846-9469

Cost: $10 suggested donation

Verona Senior Center

108 Paoli St., Verona 

Tuesdays, April 9 – May 21 from 9:00am – 11:00am

To register, contact the Verona Senior Center at 608-845-7471

Cost: $10 suggested donation

Oregon Senior Center

219 Park St., Oregon

Thursdays, May 9 – June 27 (skipping 5/30/24) from 1:00pm – 3:00pm

To register, contact the Oregon Senior Center at 608-835-5801

Cost: $10 suggested donation

Stoughton Senior Center

248 W. Main St., Stoughton 

Wednesdays, July 10 – August 21 from 10:00am – 12:00pm

To register, contact the Stoughton Senior Center at 608-873-8585

Cost: $10 suggested donation

Tai Chi Fundamentals™

Available Classes:

Madison Senior Center –

Participants encouraged to take Goodman Community Center’s Virtual Tai Chi Class (call 608-241-1574 for information)

Goodman Community Center: Tai Chi Fundamental Form –

Please call Goodman Community Center for information about virtual Tai Chi (608) 241-1574

Madison School and Community Recreation (MSCR): Tai Chi-Multiple Styles

Contact MSCR for program guide and information about Goodman Rotary 50+ Classes: 608-204-3023

Fall Prevention Classes: Mild Risk

Older man and women doing tai chi in the park in spring

Parkinson’s Exercise Program – 2024

UW Health

This class is specifically for individuals diagnosed with Parkinson Disease. Class content is based on current research focusing on improving mobility. It consists of multi-directional treadmill walking and floor exercises emphasizing trunk mobility. Additional strengthening exercise with resistance equipment may be given on an individual basis. All new participants must present a physician’s authorized screening prior to participation.   

Tues/Thurs, January 2 – April 19, 2024 (no class 3/26 or 3/28); 12:05 – 1:25 (Divided into class times of 12:05-12:55 or 12:35-1:25)

UW Health Fitness Center, Science Drive Medical Center, 621 Science Dr., Madison                       

Cost: $456 (some discounts available)                                                                         

Call 608-263-7936 to schedule a screening before enrolling                             

Visit www.uwhealth.org/PEP for more information

Living Falls Free

Living Falls Free is a practical falls risk reduction exercise class. Course content includes learning the exercises of the as well as learning falls reduction strategies specific for your life. Class includes a take-home exercise program and pre/post performance testing. This is a moderate level class with walking, rocker boards, strength work and exercise at standing, chair and floor level. Gait dynamics and movement technique are emphasized. 

Participation Requirements: All new participants must receive Physician’s Authorization screening prior to starting class.

Wednesdays, February 21 – May 1, 2024 (no class 3/27) from 10:45am – 11:45am

UW Health Fitness Center, Science Drive Medical Center, 621 Science Dr., Madison                       

Cost: $156 (some discounts available)                                                                           

Call 608-263-7936 to schedule a screening before enrolling                                                          

Visit www.uwhealth.org/LFF for more information    

Balancing Act

This program is designed to increase balance and decrease the risk of falling by using tai chi movements and principles. Standing and chair-based exercises are adapted to individual needs. Classes are held at Madison School & Community Recreation locations.  Click here to visit the MSCR website for more details.

Available Classes: Call 608-204-3023 

Madison School and Community Recreation (MSCR)

MSCR offers multiple classes which can improve balance and help prevent falls. The “B” (for balance) symbol identifies exercise classes that help prevent falls in older adults. The “B” classes incorporate both balance and strength training. Scientific literature has shown balance training to be the best exercise for fall prevention.
https://www.mscr.org/our-programs/50-fitness-programs

Fall Prevention Classes: Low Risk

Two older white haired men bowling

Balance and Strength Exercises

Research shows that to reduce chances of falling, people must include balance and strength exercises that are progressive (get more challenging over time), and that are practiced for at least 50 hours over 15 weeks. Anyone interested in preventing falls should add these activities to their daily and weekly routine. And it’s important to keep going – any improvements to balance can be lost quickly if we don’t keep it up. And keep walking, swimming, stretching – or moving any way you like – it’s worth it!

Classes listed below with a next to them have been evaluated and include the criteria to be considered “balance-enhancing” meaning these classes help improve balance.

Ballroom Basics for Balance™

Challenge your balance and make it better with basic moves of ballroom dance!  Research shows that dance is one way to improve balance and reduce falls. This class is for you if:

  • You want to get better at walking or moving around on various surfaces, both inside and outside (like carpets, grass, and snowy walkways).
  • You have had at least one fall in the past year or have a fear of falling.
  • You are able to participate in medium-difficult activity without major health symptoms (like chest pain, shortness of breath, or dizziness).
  • You are able to move about on your own with or without a device to help you.
  • You can hear and see well enough to participate in a group class.
  • You are interested in having fun!

You will learn basic movements of traditional smooth and Latin style ballroom dances with and without music; you can practice on your own or with a partner in this group class.  We will learn to dance while learning about improving balance.  No experience or partner needed! Taught by physical therapists and other health care professionals.

2024 Available Classes: Virtual, In-Person, & Outdoor Classes Now Available!! Check the website for additional information: CLICK HERE!

 Black Power Dance

Madison Circus Space, 2082 Winnebago St., Madison
Instructor: Francis Medrano
Cost: Varies
For more information, email francismedranot@yahoo.es; Facebook Page: Black Power Dance
 

 Graham Beginning Adult

Kanopy Dance Studio, 329 W. Mifflin St., Madison
Instructor: Robert Cleary
Cost: Varies based on tuition period
For more information, email info@kanopydance.org or call 608-255-2211
 

 Low Flying Trapeze for Older Adults

Madison Circus Space, 2082 Winnebago St., Madison
Instructor: Hildy Bee
Cost: Varies 
For more information, email hildybee@gmail.com or visit www.madisoncircusspace.com  
 

 Basics of Aikido

Aikido of Madison, 2219 Atwood Ave., Madison
Instructor: Barb Brown
Cost: Varies 
For more information, visit www.aikidoofmadison.com or call 608-231-3935
 

Middleton Senior Center Chair Yoga, Tai Chi, and Strength/Flexibility Classes

Middleton Senior Center, 7448 Hubbard Ave., Middleton
For more information, visit the Middleton Senior Center HERE or call 608-831-2373 
 

 Virtual Senior Strength and Stretch – Hosted by Newbridge

Mondays and Wednesdays, ongoing
9:00am – 9:45am (except public holidays)
$20/month to access all Monday/Wednesday classes
Contact Becky Otte-Ford to sign up at 608-215-4119 or raonine@gmail.com

 Parkour Senior: Only Soft Landings! 

Travel through your world with joy and creativity! Learn balance and coordination, work on preventing falls, find more flexibility in your body and more movement options for your life! The curriculum is informed by PK Silver, the world’s first and only evidence-based parkour program for older adults. 

Beginner and Intermediate Classes Now Available! CLICK HERE to register and for more information!

Ageless Balance – Virtual

Regain your balance with simple and safe seated and standing exercises that can be modified for any fitness level. Information will be provided about how to prevent falls. This class is designed to improve balance, as well as strength, endurance, and flexibility, while increasing muscle mass and bone density. Free exercise equipment provided when you register.

Virtual classes are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1:30pm – 2:15pm.

Click here to register and for more information: https://agelessbalance.com/class-registration/

Cost: $25/month

 Tai Chi with Jody Curley

Jody Curley, M.A., has been a Tai Chi student since 1983 and a Tai Chi teacher since 1988. She worked as a dementia care specialist for forty years and found that adapting Tai Chi principles of movement combined with self-awareness was extremely helpful in caring for others, as well as for herself. She now focuses on teaching both traditional and adapted Tai Chi movements to older adults (like herself!) for balance and care of body, mind, and spirit, with a particular emphasis on trying easy instead of trying hard. Please see available 2024  classes HERE.   
 

Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls Prevention Class

This gentle Tai Chi class is designed to improve balance and the symptoms of arthritis. Adults
who are independently mobile with or without an assistive device will benefit from this class.
Even those who don’t have arthritis or balance challenges enjoy this class.
 
Amy Stoddard, Certified TCAFP Instructor
When: Thursdays, 11:00am – 12:00pm drop in and ongoing; donations accepted.
Where: Balancing Meridians, 136 Owen Rd., Monona
Email Amy Stoddard at taichiamystoddard@gmail.com for questions or to attend.
 

Strength Stretch Balance – Virtual

Exercise class done standing and sitting with an emphasis on resistance exercise, mobility and range of motion, and balance (no getting down on the floor)

Instructor: Marlene Storms

  • Mon: 11:00am – 11:50am
  • Tues: 10:30am – 11:30am
  • Wed: 9:00am – 9:50am
  • Thurs: 10:30am – 11:30am

Supplies Needed: armless chair, hand weights, towel or small ball (larger than a tennis ball, smaller than a soccer ball), water; optional: ankle weights

Cost: $50/month per household (includes Plank/Floor classes)

To register, contact Marlene Storms at thedailyfitwithmarlene@outlook.com

Plank/Floor – Virtual

More intense exercise class with emphasis on resistance exercise, mobility and range of motion, and balance

Instructor: Marlene Storms

  • Mon: 9:00am – 9:50am
  • Thurs: 9:30am – 10:20am

Supplies Needed: yoga mat, hand weights, water

Cost: $50/month per household (includes Strength Stretch Balance classes)

To register, contact Marlene Storms at thedailyfitwithmarlene@outlook.com

Mindful Movement

Program designed for seniors but open to any adult interested. Contact Venus Washington for information.

Get Movin: A gentle exercise program for every fitness level. Contact Venus Washington for information.

Instructor: Venus Washington

Website: Venus Washington | Welcome to my Health Coach Site

Madison Circus Space’s Beginning German Wheel

A circus art that uses the wheel, an apparatus made of metal hoops connected with spokes. Completely supervised, this is a fun and totally different way to be active and fit! Check website for class schedule.

Instructor: Carly Schuna

Website: https://madisoncircusspace.com

Tai Chi Center of Madison

The Tai Chi Center of Madison offers various forms of Tai Chi at different levels. Please take a look at the current class schedule for more information HERE. Or call 608-663-8299.