Aging in Motion won a $400 grant at our June 23, 2013 event
Aging in Motion

1. Seniors are told to move, socialize and vary their daily routine. No one thing meets these requirements as well as an evening on the town with your peers. AIM is directed at bringing older adults together for movement through dance. The unique factor is to use DVDs to stimulate visual and audio senses. For two nights weekly (Tuesday and Sunday), ballroom, bop, cha-cha and line dance classes will be offered to older adults, followed by three to four hours of dancing and socializing.

2. Using $800, the following will be allocated: $300 to purchase music and videos, $200 to rent/purchase sound equipment, $200 for the services of a disc jockey, and $100 for advertising.

3. I am a 71 year-old with forty-three years of substance abuse sobriety, earning four degrees in areas of human service and law. During my stages of community activist, social worker and health services administrator, I have designed, developed and implemented programs that enrich the lives of the population I am servicing. These have included a basketball league for substance abusers and at-risk youth from which six persons won college scholarships, and GED classes with midnight basketball games leading to a reduction in crime in the community. Lastly, while recuperating from hip replacement, I personally benefitted from dance instruction for restoration of agility and range of motion.

4. AIM is important because the fastest growing demographic is people over age 60. If no preventative and recuperative physical, mental and emotional activities are provided, the cost to society will be devastating. Dancing, learning and socializing have proven to be three of the top five activities preventing Alzheimer's, dementia and physical decline; the other two are healthy diet and faith. AIM will provide an venue to enhance the quality of life for people who may feel a reduction in their access to social opportunities.