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DLCCC offers older adults free usage of facilities during Active Aging Week

Walking the dog and playing with grandkids. Tilling the soil for next season's garden. Visiting friends and family before sailing off on a cruise. There are many reasons why getting older means getting better, and being able to do what you want, when you want, is one of them.

Older adults can discover ways to choose an active life by participating in the annual Active Aging Week, a national event promoted by the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA). "Staying active is the low-cost way to stay independent and healthy as we grow older," commented Colin Milner, CEO of the organization. "It's also much more interesting than sitting around all day doing nothing!"

In honor of Active Aging Week, the Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center, in collaboration with the Healthways SilverSneakers Fitness Program, invites older adults (ages 62 and older) to use the DLCCC for free the week of Sept. 21-27.

There will also be a free special presentation by Dr. Ann Buettner-Glass on Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 11:20 a.m.

Dr. Ann Buettner-Glass is a retired board certified internal medicine doctor. Dr. Buettner studied medicine at Rush Medical College in Chicago where she graduated in 1977 and stayed to complete her residency. She was the Chief Resident of Internal Medicine at the Fargo VA and then a staff physician there until 2004 with her practice focused on rheumatology since 1983.

Dr. Buettner was also Assistant Professor UND School of Medicine 1981-2004 and worked part time in Rheumatology at Dakota Clinic, 1990-94. In 2004 Dr. Buettner scaled back to part-time at the VA and fully retired in 2006. The most fun thing she's done in retirement so far was a cross country bicycle trip from San Diego to St Augustine with 21 other women. Dr. Buettner has been involved with the AF since 1990 and is currently the Chairperson of the RRV Advisory Council and serves as on the Arthritis Foundation North Central Chapter Board.

One great advantage of Active Aging Week is that everything is free (the activities are a community service), and another is that people can join in even if they have never done so before.

Similar to events during Active Aging Week, SilverSneakers also offers free access to physical activities. The program is available year round to members at no additional cost and is appropriate for individuals who have not exercised in many years or who have never been physically active, as well as participants who regularly engage in an active lifestyle.

Active older adults can choose from a variety of SilverSneakers classes offered at the DLCCC weekly:

• Muscular Strength and Range of Motion (SilverSneakers I): Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Have fun and move to the music through a variety of exercises. Hand-held weights, elastic tubing with handles, and a ball are offered for resistance; and a chair is used for seated and/or standing support.

• Yoga Stretch: Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30-10:15 a.m. Chair support is offered to safely perform a variety of postures designed to increase flexibility, balance and range of movement. Restorative breathing exercises and promote stress reduction and mental clarity.

All classes are held upstairs in the DLCCC Aerobics Room. Contact the DLCCC at 218-844-4221 or visit us at 826 Summit Ave., to learn more about the SilverSneakers program.