Piscataquis Valley Adult Education Cooperative and The University of Maine Center on Aging Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is pleased to offer a FREE Bone Builders class at the Penquis Higher Education Center in Dover-Foxcroft for adults age 50 and older. Classes are from 9 to 10:15am on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The class is ongoing, and you may sign up at any time if openings are available. 10 billion Americans have osteoporosis and around 34 million have osteopenia. Bone Builders, is based upon the research exercise protocols developed by Miriam Nelson, Ph.D. of Tufts University and her books such as Strong Women, Strong Bones. Proper weight-bearing exercise stresses bones and stimulated by that stress, bone density increases. The RSVP Bone Builders program is based on this bodily response. Through the use of ankle and hand weights exercises are done seated or standing. Class participants Improve their range of motion, strength, flexibility, and balance in addition to maintaining or improving their bone density. Other benefits of a Bone Builders class include an improved sense of well-being and socializing with class participants. Bone Builder classes primarily provide exercises but also are opportunities to acquire information about aging in place, diet, medication for osteoporosis, and fall prevention. If you have been diagnosed with osteoporosis, osteopenia, or want to prevent osteoporosis, please consider registering for this class. The maximum class size is 10 participants. A medical clearance from a health care provider is required and participants must be in stable health. Class leaders will be RSVP volunteers who have received specialized training from our certified fitness instructor to administer the classes.
If you are interested in attending the PVAEC Bone Builders class in Dover Foxcroft, please contact Paula Bumett. She can be reached at UM Center on Aging RSVP by calling (207) 262-7926 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. You will be mailed class registration materials.