Better with Age

By Kathie Scanlon

Baby boomer seniors are redefining retirement, keeping physically active to improve their quality of life and overall health. Amber Stickle, director of the Philipstown Recreation Department, responded to a request from the Philipstown Town Board to develop free exercise classes for residents 62 and better. Registration is currently open with classes beginning the week of Sept. 8 for an eight-week series.

A Fit for Life class for seniors

A Fit for Life class for seniors

On Mondays, Fit For Life instructor Danielle Pack McCarthy offers a gentle cardio workout with light weights. On Wednesdays and Fridays, Kathie Scanlon (full disclosure: that’s me) offers Chair Yoga classes for improved range of motion and balance as well as stress reduction. Kelly House gets the group moving on the dance floor with Zumba Gold on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

“It is a real pleasure to offer the seniors a fun way to exercise,” House said. “I love it when they say they feel stronger and more flexible.”

In 2013, the first year of the program, approximately 60 participants joined all or some of the three classes offered. Councilwoman Nancy Montgomery and Stickle are presently seeking funding from Putnam County for additional classes.

Stickle is pleased with the receptivity of the instructors to their students’ needs: “They are able to tailor the classes to participants who have mobility issues that prevent them from doing a particular exercise.”

Seniors have reported they are happy to have a venue where they may exercise and socialize with their peers.

Classes are held in the Continental Village Clubhouse and the Chestnut Ridge Community Room. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Further information can be found at philipstownrecreation.com or 845-424-4618.

Photo courtesy of Amber Stickle


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