New classes to start this week at Betty Ehart senior center – Los Alamos Reporter
Betty Ehart Seniors Center. Photo by Elizabeth Coons / LARSO
BY BERNADETTE LAURITZEN
This week, new classes are starting at Betty Ehart Senior Center, some in person and others you can take right at home. Next month, additional classes hope to be added to White Rock Senior Center. Members aged 60 and over are welcome to use either center free of charge. Members aged 50 to 59 pay an annual membership fee of $ 20.
Jacci Gruninger will be giving a seated chair yoga class at 11 a.m. on Monday. Students are asked to donate $ 5 to help the instructor cover the costs. Gruninger also offers a variety of other in-person and online courses. According to Gruninger, this class is ideal for anyone with mobility issues, chronic pain, or balance issues. If you are not available to attend on Monday, contact the senior center for more information.
Then the Los Alamos Cooperative Extension offers an updated class called Strong Seniors, Strong Bones. This course taught by Desaree Jimenez is perfect for people over 50. It has been shown to help with mental health, strength and balance. If you want to be independent for longer, this course is for you. It starts at 10 a.m. on Tuesday with additional classes to take. This course is provided free of charge to students.
Finally, Zumba instructor Natalie Smith took the time to record a strength and balance class for seniors on DVD. This class is done at a slow pace with some seated exercises. The goal is to improve the balance of seniors to build good habits. DVDs are available at the Betty Ehart Senior Center for $ 15, of which $ 5 goes to the instructor and $ 10 covers the cost of recording and printing the DVD. Thanks to Jean Gindreau from PAC-8 for taking the time to help our seniors.
To learn more or to request information about any of these courses, call (505) 662-8920 or email [email protected]