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Silver Strong By Isadora Pennington


here’s no doubt about it, regular exercise is an important part of living a healthy and balanced life. We can all recall when we were kids, when it felt like you could run as fast as the wind, and nothing could ever hurt you. Over time, we learn that’s not exactly the case. If you don’t use your muscles, they don’t stick around. With age comes added difficulty for doing even mundane activities. This is true especially for seniors, who are at added risk for muscle atrophy and chronic health problems due to inactivity. According to research conducted by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), Americans 18 and older are exercising now more than ever before. Financial concerns, accessibility and scheduling are some of the reasons frequent exercise can be a challenge for seniors. Fortunately, there are programs that aim to bridge the gap between elders and appropriate exercise routines. One such program is SilverSneakers, a national fitness initiative that has partnered with more than 13,000 fitness locations across the country. The classes are often covered by insurance, or are otherwise very affordable compared to most gym memberships, which makes them substantially easier for retirees to afford. Continued on page 4


Resolution Execution Someone asked me the other day if I’d made any New Year resolutions. Of course, I haven’t. The first month of the year doesn’t seem to be the best time to make drastic changes. In cold weather, I’d much rather stay comfortable with a tried-and-true self-improvement project, like reading a good mystery or tackling lace knitting. That doesn’t mean I’m not open to bettering myself, just that I’m open to doing it any time throughout the year. It also means that I’m beyond focusing on the things that are “missing” or “wrong” in my life. I am, however, always ready to be inspired and explore new things, like brushing up on my high school Spanish. If I don’t enjoy it, no problem; I’ll move on to something different, maybe Hungarian. It’s not a resolution, exactly; it’s more like my lifelong goal— to get inspired and be willing to try. That’s what brought me to Atlanta Senior Life, and that’s what I hope to share with our readers in every issue. Contact Kathy with story ideas:

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Joseph, Uber Partner Driver, welcoming a Common Courtesy rider

By Judith L. Kanne Not too long ago, semi-retired business executive Bob Carr had an extraordinary idea that took years in the making. And like most ideas, this one required continuous changes and extra fine-tuning to achieve success. Carr’s idea led to the creation of a company—Common Courtesy Rides. The outcome has helped seniors and other adults who may be physically challenged to travel from point A to B with ease. Transport problems arise when a person cannot drive. And feelings of isolation, depression and other health issues may increase. “Our plan is definitely working,” Carr stated, and his wife Anne and he “…couldn’t be more pleased.” The Carrs know it’s particularly difficult getting to a doctor’s office, grocery store or even hair appointment. “In many cases,” said Carr, “the family that wants to assist may live more than 200 miles away.” This past year, what started as an idea has really taken hold, said Carr. “It’s all about helping those with limited mobility and resources.” At Common Courtesy, both Carr and his wife have found a way to bridge the transportation gap by using Uber and Lyft, two popular ride-sharing services. The

Carr’s company is supported by specific funds, grants and open donations, which are available to their riders. Carr said he was thinking about all the seniors in Atlanta (or anywhere, for that matter) who might be moved out of their homes (needlessly) based on urban transportation problems. “We have to change this system,” Carr said after seeing one problem after another while driving for Uber. Carr became a driver to test his ideas. “We initially began with volunteer drivers, but that was short-lived,” Carr said. Volunteers were not always available when needed. That’s when Carr presented his idea directly to Uber’s management in Atlanta. Later Lyft came on board with their service. It works this way. Carr receives a donation from an organization, such as the Georgia Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA of Georgia). A client with Parkinson’s disease would complete a onetime application (including a $10 fee to register). That’s when the client becomes eligible to take rides paid for by APDA of Georgia. The APDA funds are placed in a Common Courtesy ‘chapter account.’ The caller requesting a ride identifies

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accounts from Atlanta Hearing Associates to Holy Innocents Episcopal Church and over 25 other groups in between. Personal accounts are also available. For example, if a person’s grown children want to ensure their parent has transportation when needed, they, too, can create a fund. “The feedback we receive keeps us going (as well as growing),” admitted Carr. It ranges from Sheila Gillman’s daughter who says, “My mother feels safe and so independent!” to Anita Collier who told Carr, “This program has given Steven [our disabled son] such a degree of freedom and independence— what a blessing!”

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Cover: Instructor Cheryl Butler leads Sharon Koster (left) and Wanda Heard (right) during a SilverSneakers strength workout in Suwanee. PHOTO BY KATE AWTREY

Above: Instructor Cynthia Phillips leads a SilverSneakers class at Austin Drive Senior Campus of Bethesda Cathedral.

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SilverSneakers Fitness was established in 1992 and uses proven methodologies based upon more than 20 years of experience. The program encourages participants to partake in strength training, aerobic and flexibility exercise through access to a variety of venues and programming. The program also enables a connection between fitness and socialization, with most of the participants bringing along friends or making new ones in the classes. One of the many local centers that has partnered with this National initiative is the Austin Drive Community Development (ADCD), a 501 (c)(3) division of Bethesda Cathedral Church in Decatur. Around the back side of the church is a small building, separated from the church by a small path. Double doors lead into a carpeted room with a modest stage. On any given weekday, you might hear upbeat music emanating from a small sound system and the encouraging words of a teacher, keeping time with the beat. Seniors laugh and joke while they follow along, the vibe a distinctly warm and welcoming one. On the day that I visited, instructor Cynthia Phillips was leading the charge. Her enthusiastic demeanor and encouraging words kept the group moving happily along with the music. If someone appeared to be winded or in need of a moment’s rest, she would call out and suggest having a seat or drinking some water. For Phillips, the experience of leading these classes is a personal one. Outside of working at the ADCD, she runs a shared gym space that she opens to the community and small start-ups. Many of her classes are with young people or children, and she has seen firsthand the disparity between young people and the elderly when it comes to fitness. “I want these seniors to know how powerful they are,” Phillips said with conviction. As the class wound down, I found the time to briefly speak with a few of the participants to get their opinion on the SilverSneakers fitness program. Merdis Toliver, a retired mapmaker for the Yellow Pages, has been taking SilverSneaker classes for the last couple of years, and averages four to five classes a week. At 69 years of age and with two hip replacements under her belt, she credits her good health in part to her fitness regimen. “I look at it as the more mobile you are, the better,” she said, noting that the replacements are predicted to last for around 10 to 15 years, and “I plan to be around longer,” she said with a laugh. The classes at the Austin Drive Campus are not only convenient in location for Toliver, they are also covered by her insurance, which allows her to take a variety of classes. When asked which class is her favorite, Continued on page 6


I look at it as the more mobile you are, the better.

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Left to right: Wanda Heard, Gregg Freeman, Betty Jean Hutto and Carolyn Doherty improve their strength during a SilverSneakers Fitness class in Suwanee.

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from injury that is aided by participation in SilverSneakers, but also improved health habits. For Juanita Foster, a 71-year-old BellSouth service evaluation department retiree, the classes have become a regular part of her fitness regimen. “I had been wanting to find an exercise program,” she said, so when she received a mailing from AETNA Health Insurance with information about the SilverSneakers program, she gave it a try. “I enjoy exercise, plus my doctor wanted me to lose a few pounds and stabilize my blood pressure.” For more than two years now, Foster has been a regular at strength building and yoga classes at ADCD. Strength training is an important part of retaining agility and mobility, but she says that her favorite class would have to be yoga. “Yoga class is the only one I don’t watch the clock for,” she said with a laugh. To maintain a healthy and able physique, it is important to not only retain muscle strength, but also to remain flexible. Plenty of injuries can happen from being overly tight and tense, so a gentle stretching routine can do wonders for seniors who might otherwise remain mostly stationary. “I keep moving,” said Esteen Fletcher, who at 81 has seen firsthand the effects of a sedentary lifestyle on seniors when she was a private duty nurse’s assistant and worked in a nursing home. “I like to move instead of so much Continued on page 22

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By Joe Earle Growing up in southeast Georgia, Bradford Bailey learned to respect his elders. His mother was a social worker, and he says she taught him to look up to senior citizens as she worked with them in their small, rural community. When Bailey moved to metro Atlanta in 2006, freshly minted exercise physiology diploma in hand, he was surprised to find few exercise classes were offered that had been designed specifically for older participants. So he started his own program. Now his company, SeniorFitAtlanta, works in 25 to 30 senior facilities spread from Forsyth

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weights, rubber balls, resistance going,” said Art Mongagne, bands and other devices in his who’s 95. “You’ve got to do that workouts. He tells his clients to keep going. If you don’t keep that the best exercise for their going, you stop. It keeps all your cardiovascular systems is muscles and your body feeling simply to take regular walks. active. Consequently, you feel “I just ask residents to walk as good.” MRM#: 60525210 much as they can,” he said. “If Bailey regularly works with Date: 10/04/16 they can’t, can wheel in clients aged 85 to older than Project Name:they 60525210-A-MT_KPSASalesRepPacket_GA-MMC_GA_2017_PrtAdv Designer: Anne Davies their wheelchairs.” 100, he said. “The lady I just left His clients seem to enjoy was 93,” he said. “Eighty percent their regular workouts. of our clients are in the 90s.” “Exercise gets the muscles He also is working on a line


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Make coloring a New Year’s resolution I now do it while waiting in the that partially comes from a doctor’s office or at the car repair fast pace of life. The keyword shop. After four decades hiding is focus. This means no TV, my passion in the closet, I’m doing no phones, no computer—in it in broad daylight. We have come other words, no technology. a long way, baby—coloring for Neurologists argue that coloring adults is now legal! To paraphrase may improve cognitive abilities, Barbara Mandrell’s 1981 hit such as memory, decision-making country song, I was coloring and problem-solving skills, by before coloring was enhancing the firing cool. of neurons in the preI was stunned when frontal cortex. (I can I first noticed signs at use all the help I can Michaels Arts & Crafts get in my pre-frontal and Barnes & Noble cortex). Bookstore last year And consider this, advertising coloring if Kate Middleton, the books for adults. Duchess of Cambridge, “What?” I thought, “Is can find time to color, this for real?!” so can you. I read that Not that I don’t enjoy Martha Nodar the “Secret Garden,” doing the Disney-theme is a freelance writer/reporter, illustrated by Scottish coloring books, but artist Johanna Basford, and a professional resume writer who is the working the current is the duchess’ favorite grandmother of two and adult versions with coloring book. (Guess lives in Decatur. She may intricate illustrations which book I’m going be contacted at: makes me feel, well, like to get next.) an adult. The choice Coloring is about is not simple because there’s a expressing ourselves through plethora of coloring books to color. So let’s review what art choose from, such as mandalas, therapists tell us about the flowers, animals—the selections meanings of colors. Pink is are infinite. Some are quite associated with femininity, while involved and the details can be red may imply passion or anger. very small, which is why we need Blue is associated with a sense of gel pens and good eyeglasses. peace and spirituality, while green This brings me to the next may imply growth and nature. challenge—selecting coloring Purple is associated with royalty pencils. This is harder than it and wealth, and black tends to used to be. We now have bright, imply feelings of loss. watercolor, gel, pastel, intense Creativity is a wonderful and and soft coloring pencils from healthy way to cope with loss, and several makers. I’m sure some not just the big losses in our lives, of you out there are wondering but our multiple everyday losses, how I managed to make these like saying goodbye to a neighbor decisions, some of the hardest in who’s moving miles away or losing my life. one’s ability to drive. You get the Thankfully, public libraries are drift. joining in the trend by offering Maybe you didn’t have a good mini-workshops where adults day at work, or you fell down and get together to color for about hurt your knee, or the car didn’t an hour or so on a Saturday. The start this morning. These are library provides all the materials. the times that I reach out to my The participants offer fellowship. coloring book to center myself. I know what you’re thinking, If you can identify with this, that you have so many errands to I’m eager to hear from you and run that you don’t have time to explore the possibility of forming color. Think again. a coloring book club for adults. Focusing on coloring reduces Let’s make coloring a New sensory overload—the distress Year’s resolution!

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A Page from the Book Festival of the MJCCA Author Talk + Signing Wednesday, Feb. 1, 7:30 p.m. Part of the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta Book Festival series, Thomas L. Friedman, author of “Thank You for Being Late”, a field guide to the 21st century, shares his original analysis of the seismic changes going on in our world. The series’ five author talks and signings run from January to April and bring prestigious authors to the Atlanta community. $18 for members, $24 for community. Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, 5342 Tilly Mill Rd., Dunwoody 30338. Call the MJCCA box office at 678812-4005 or visit bookfestival.

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Saturday, Feb. 4, 8-10 p.m. Grammy Award winner Barrington “Bo” Henderson, former lead singer of The Temptations, performs the unforgettable songs of Motown. Classic hits like “Get Ready,” “My Girl,” and “Just My Imagination” will transport you to the good old days. Tickets are $75 per person. Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forest St., Roswell, 30075. Go to for more information.

Education Bluehair Technology Class Series Mondays, Jan. 9 & 23 and Feb. 6 & 27, 10 a.m. Bluehair Technology

offers a series of four tech classes at Amy’s Place in Roswell. Class subjects are: Week 1—taking, editing and sharing pictures with smartphones; Week 2— getting directions and traffic information with smartphones; Week 3—Windows 10 basics; and Week 4—streaming movies to a TV. Each class is $20. Amy’s Place, 14 Sloan St., Roswell, 30075. To register, call 770-696-9808 and visit for details.

What You Need to Know About Your Taxes Monday, Jan. 23, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Trained volunteers from the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide present what’s new for the 2016 tax season, and provide information about why you should file, where to file for free and what you can do to ensure a complete and accurate return. Free, registration required. Senior Wellness Center, 1150 Powder Springs St., Ste. 100, Marietta, 30064. Call 770-528-5355 or go to to learn more or register.


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Health Hearing Screenings Monday, Jan. 23, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Erin Rellinger, Audiologist with the Hearing Center at Eye Consultants of Atlanta, will provide free hearing screenings, which will take less than 10 minutes per person. Free. Walkins are welcome. Freeman Poole Senior Center, 4025 S. Hurt Rd., Smyrna, 30082. Call 770-801-3400 or go to for details. Tuesday, Feb. 7, 10 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Free hearing screenings offered by Wellstar Audiology. Free.

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organized by category, as well as DVDs, CDs and children’s books. Credit cards or checks accepted. All proceeds will go directly to the Roswell Library for materials and community programs. No scanners on Thursday, please. Roswell Public Library, 115 Norcross Street, Roswell, 30075. Learn more at roswell-branch6, or call 770-6403075.


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Workout work-arounds You don’t need a health club membership to reap the benefits of regular exercise. There are always ways to find fitness opportunities in your neighborhood. Many area YMCAs offer workout programs designed to improve balance, mobility and strength. Go to for more information about the YMCA programs near you.

Cherokee County Cherokee Outdoor Family YMCA 201 E. Bells Ferry Rd. Woodstock, 30189 770-591-6092

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East Lake YMCA 275 East Lake Blvd. Atlanta, 30317 404-373-6561 Ed Isakson Alpharetta Family YMCA 3655 Preston Ridge Rd. Alpharetta, 30005 770-664-1220

Gwinnett County J.M. Tull-Gwinnett YMCA 2985 Sugarloaf Pkwy. Lawrenceville, 30045 770-963-1313

Cowart/Ashford Dunwoody YMCA 3692 Dunwoody Rd. Atlanta, 30319 770-451-9622

Decatur YMCA 1100 Clairemont Ave. Decatur, 30030 404-377-9622

The Villages at Carver YMCA 1600 Pryor Rd. Atlanta, 30315 404-635-9622

Robert D. Fowler YMCA 5600 W. Jones Bridge Rd. Norcross, 30092 770-246-9622 Many senior centers also provide exercise classes and programs. For a list of senior centers in the metro Atlanta area, visit www. and click on Resources. You’ll also find links to each location’s websites.






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stillness,” she said. Staying active not only during classes, Fletcher also works out at home, doing tai chi and running on a treadmill. Foster has been taking classes at the ACDC location for the last seven to eight years, after being brought along initially by a friend. Since then, it has become a regular part of her life. “I like the dance part mostly,” she said, dancing a bit in her seat. “It keeps me moving.” “You get to be our age, you better be moving,” Toliver chimed in. Everyone nodded in agreement. Beyond the physical benefits, taking regular fitness classes can also be a much needed mental health boost. “Exercise is not just physical,” asserted Mary Lee Davis, a 72-year-old attorney and part time judge in DeKalb Traffic Court. For Davis, exercise has always been a big part of her life, and she

was an avid runner well into her 50s. These days, Davis takes classes such as water aerobics, strength building and tai chi. “I love the meditation aspect,” she said, noting that she gains balance, mental clarity and a meditative mindset from working out regularly. “It helps keep me centered and focused.” As a very active person, Davis feels a drive to make up for sitting all day on the bench during work. To her, that means taking classes that work out her body while calming her mind. In order to maintain healthy habits, you have to also enforce them, so regularly attending SilverSneakers courses with friends is one of Davis’ top priorities. “I don’t allow much to interfere with my classes or my grandparenting,” she said with wry conviction.

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At this year’s gala, the seniors enjoyed food, music, prizes and dancing. Radio personality Frank Ski, Greater New Light Missionary Baptist Church Pastor Leland Jones, Sr., 92.9 The Game Morning Host Sam Crenshaw and City of Atlanta Chief Procurement Officer Adam Smith emceed the event. Senior Adult Healthcare Professional Recognition Awards On Dec. 5, the Rotary Club of Sandy Springs held the 201617 Senior Adult Healthcare Professional Recognition Awards. Award recipients were nominated by their respective employers and work with senior adults throughout the Sandy Springs/Perimeter area in

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803-608-0792 Cell/470-545-8408

678-662-0767 Call Mike

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best hearing aid for the best price.

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Ambit Hearing Aid Centers are a unique hearing aid experience.

We are a direct manufacturer that sells direct retail. Standard in all our models is advanced patented digital technology which delivers superior clarity, even in the noisiest of environments. And because we’re a manufacturer that gives us the expertise to mark-up, saving customers thousands of dollars. Our models are so small no one would know you’re wearing them but you.


Don’t make a $3,000-$4,000 mistake!!! Come hear what you’re missing. It will change your life.

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Testing, Sales, Service and Manufacturing! 5890 Bethelview Rd., Ste 10 Cumming, GA • 770.205.5776 Monday-Friday 9:00 - 5:00pm 24

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601 S. Enota Drive, Ste A Gainesville, GA 30501 • 770.534.4150 Monday-Friday 9:00 - 5:00pm

Atlanta Senior Life - January 2017  
Atlanta Senior Life - January 2017