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Holy Cross Health provides a wide range of education and wellness programs for seniors, including physician-led lectures, health screenings, and fitness classes. These programs are designed to keep you in good health, both physically and mentally, as you age.

Fitness and movement classes, health and wellness education, medical screenings, special events and support groups are offered at Holy Cross Hospital and more than thirty community-based centers throughout the area. Below is a listing of many of the classes and programs available to seniors ages 55 and over.

Health and Wellness

AARP Driver Safety Class
A classroom refresher course designed to sharpen driving skills and develop new defensive driving techniques for drivers age 50 and older. View schedule and registration information.

Blood Pressure Screening
Free blood pressure screenings are offered on a walk-in basis at several community locations. View schedule and registration information. Free blood pressure screenings are also offered at Holy Hospital Senior Source location.View schedule and registration information.

Diabetes Education Class
Diabetes self-management classes, taught by a registered nurse and dietitian, prepare the participant to self-manage their disease in partnership with their physician. The class includes four group sessions and one individual visit with a dietitian. View schedule and registration information.

Diabetes Prevention Program
This free 12-week classroom program is designed to help individuals who have pre-diabetes to make lifestyle changes, such as weight loss and exercise, which can prevent or delay the onset of diabetes or cardiovascular disease. Nutrition guidance, cooking demonstrations, free exercise classes, problem solving, and support for maintaining motivation is provided. View schedule and registration information.

Early Stage Alzheimer's Support Group
Adults who have been diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer’s Disease and mild cognitive impairment will have the opportunity to bond, socialize, receive helpful information and support. View schedule and registration information

Falls Assessment
This assessment utilizes the state-of-the-art Biodex Balance System and gait and balance testing to determine your personal falls risk. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited. View schedule and registration information.

Falls Prevention Education
Learn why seniors are at risk for falls, as well as ways to prevent them. Also learn what measures you can take to reduce your risk of falling in your home. View schedule and registration information.

Healthy Aging - Holistic Wellness Program
This 12-week program - offered at a substantially reduced rate at the Senior Source than you would find elsewhere - provides information and strategies that support healthy lifestyle changes to help you attain your health and wellness goals. Veiw schedule and registration information.

Heart Failure: Management and Support
This interactive workshop provides practical information about the early signs and symptoms of hearth failure, heart-healthy nutrition, medication and weight management. View schedule and registration information.

Meditation Club
Explore meditation to benefit specific areas of well-being such as physical health, pain relief, emotional wellness, creativity, communication and relationships. View schedule and registration information.

Memory Academy
This 5-week course was created by UCLA Center on Aging. The course explains how memory works; offers quick strategies for remembering names, faces and numbers; provides basic memory tools such as linking ideas and creating visual images; and maximizes the effectiveness of using memory aids such as lists. View schedule and registration information.

Fitness Classes 

Better Bones (55+)
This free program is designed for seniors 55 and older. It focuses on reducing the rate of bone loss, improving balance and flexibility, and enhancing energy and well-being. View schedule and registration information.

Broadway Dance
If you've ever seen a dance routine or watched a chorus line's synchronized movements and thought to yourself, "I wish I could do that", this class is for you. This is a fun dance cardio workout to your favorite show tunes. View schedule and registration information.

Gentle Yoga - Senior Source
This multi-session class designed for seniors 55 and older combines warm-ups, gentle and restorative postures, breathing, and relaxation to reduce stress and increase movement. View schedule and registration information.

Jazz Dance
This class is designed for seniors age 55 and up. Smooth jazz warm-ups and simple jazz dance steps and routines set to a variety of music and styles. The Difficulty Level Rating for this class is "Moderate". View schedule and registration information.

Line Dancing - Senior Source
This line dance class created for seniors 55+ will teach you line dance routines with low and high energy steps. You'll get a great workout while learning the latest line dancing techniques- come and get your groove on!  View schedule and registration information.

Mat Pilates
This exercise class is designed for seniors 55 and older to strengthen, tone and lengthen your core muscles to balance the strength of your abdominal and back muscles while improving posture and flexibility. View schedule and registration information.

Matter of Balance
During these eight 2-hour classes, you will set goals for increasing activity and learn how to: View falls as controllable; Make changes to reduce falls risks at home; Exercise to increase strength and balance. This is an excellent class to take PRIOR to taking the UpRight! Balance Training class. View schedule and registration information.

Parkinson's Exercise Class
This multi-week class, designed for seniors 55+ who have been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, will help maintain joint mobility, improve coordination and balance, increase muscle strength and flexibility, reduce stress and improve control over gross motor movements such as walking. (Requires Doctor's Consent Form annually). View schedule and registration information.

Senior FIT (55+)
This free 45-minute exercise class for seniors ages 55 and older is designed to increase strength, flexibility and muscle endurance. View schedule and registration information. Learn more about Senior Fit. 

Stay Active - MOVE (55+)  
Safe and simple exercises designed for seniors 55 and older by the Arthritis Foundation that will help you increase your level of endurance, boost your energy, and improve your range of motion. THis class is offered in English and Spanish.

UpRight Balance Training
This program uses sensory training and balace-specific exercises that increase awareness skills needed for balance maintenance. In order to be eligible for this program, you MUST have had a FALLS ASSESSMENT WITHIN THE THREE MONTHS PRIOR TO THE CLASS and you must fall into the low to moderate falls risk range. View Schedule and registration information.

Yoga - Senior Source
This yoga class, designed for seniors age 55+; includes postures, breathing exercises and meditation to stretch, tone and strengthen muscles and joints. Boomers and beyond - if you want to maintain your flexibility and muscle tone, this is the class for you! View schedule and registration information.

Zumba Gold Fitness
This dance class, designed for seniors age 55+, focuses on interval cardio training in the guise of Latin style beats and dance moves. The exercises promote fat burning, calorie burning, and muscle toning. Shed pounds while having fun doing these easy-to-follow aerobic exercises to some really fun music. View schedule and registration information.

 

 

 

 

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