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Conductor demonstrates exercise ideas at Atria

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Classical music workout highlights Active Aging Week

Atria Elizabethtown, a local independent and assisted living community, celebrated Active Aging Week.

More than 125 Atria communities across the nation participated in the Presidents Active Lifestyle Award challenge for the past six weeks. Because of the large number of PALA participants at Atria Elizabethtown, the community won a visit from Conductorcise creator Maestro David Dworkin.

He drew from his experiences conducting the Manhattan, New Jersey and Vermont symphony orchestras to create an exercise workout set to classical music in which participants vigorously “conduct” while learning about musical history. Conductorcise encourages residents to exercise while sharing favorite musical experiences.

Atria has become the first Assisted Living company to offer certified Conductorcise classes on a national level.

Residents enjoyed an hour-long Conductorcise workout, followed by a graduation ceremony where all PALA achievers received certificates for their physical fitness achievements. Twenty residents received certificates from President Barack Obama for logging at least 30 minutes of physical activity at least five times a week for the past six weeks.

“We offer residents over 200 monthly programs that cater to their overall wellness needs, including physical exercise,” engage life director Cara Perry said. “We stay active and engaged in life all year round, and Active Aging Week is a great time to showcase the wonderful achievements of our vibrant residents.”