(Note: due to restrictions related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the classes noted below may operate under reduced schedules, and may be cancelled if required by restrictions.)
The Dutchess County Senior Exercise Program is sponsored by the Dutchess County Office For the Aging, with partial funding provided by the New York State Office for the Aging and the U.S. Administration on Aging.
Our program mirrors the Tufts University Strong Living Program, an evidence based program for which our coordinator has received training in the curriculum. The program grew out of published research on bone density in older adults. It is designed to counter the effects of osteoporosis and lead to improvement in mobility, muscle strength, stamina, balance and independence.
Participants start with one pound weights and gradually increase the weight when they feel they are able. Classes meet twice a week for one hour at the locations listed on the Senior Exercise Program Locations Page.
OFA also offers Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention. The positive effects of tai chi on balance and fall prevention have been widely researched. Tai chi is now generally accepted to be effective in improving balance and preventing falls. According to Harvard Medical School, it’s an exercise within the skill of just about everybody. Tai chi can even be adapted for people in wheelchairs and those who have recently undergone surgery.
Bingocize is OFA's newest health promotion offering. It's a ten-week evidence based program that combines health and nutrition education, bingo and exercise in a way that's beneficial for seniors of all levels of physical and cognitive ability.
Find out what you need to know about the Senior Exercise Program.
A Matter of Balance is a community class designed to reduce fear of falling, stop the fear of falling cycle, and improve activity levels among community-dwelling older adults.
Find out what exercises are covered - from warm-up to arm exercises.
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The Dutchess County Office for the Aging operate eight Senior Friendship Centers throughout the county.