AGELESS GRACE® AT THE LIBRARY

SHREWSBURY PUBLIC LIBRARY, MASSACHUSETTS, U.S.A.

The library launched the Good Day Memory Cafe in October 2016. A memory cafe is a welcoming place for people with forgetfulness, Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia and their caregivers to get together for an afternoon of socialization. Music, games or other fun activities are offered as entertainment. One of the activities that was very popular was lead by Amy Podolsky, a national Ageless Grace® Brain Health Trainer and Educator. Set to great music, Ageless Grace® Brain Health is like a party in a chair!

Ageless Grace® Brain Health Fitness is based on the cutting-edge science of Neuroplasticity, and is an invigorating, unique workout for your Brain and your Body. This class is ideal for anyone who wants to stay youthful and vibrant, and especially for those who like to laugh and have fun! The brain is hugely complex organ, and whereas we used to think it was static, hardwired, and unchanging, neuroscientists now support the idea that our brains can in fact change form and function throughout our lifetime(s), specifically when activated by physical movements that involve the brain. In this class everyone gets to PLAY, like we did when we were kids, which is when many new neuropathways were developed in the first place! In this class, participants engage the five primary functions of the brain (Strategic Planning, Memory & Recall, Analytical Thinking, Creativity & Imagination, and Kinesthetic Learning), while simultaneously addressing the 21 physical skills needed to stay functionally fit.

In addition, the library has been offering Pranayaam Yoga classes for the general public since 2017. Bindu Gupta, a regular library patron and volunteer, had been learning and practicing yoga since her childhood and wanted to teach a traditional hatha yoga class exploring a range of traditional yogic breathing exercises (pranayaams). The response was great with an average attendance of 8-10 people. She has been leading quarterly sessions of 4 weeks per session for the past two years.

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Lessons learned: There are multiple ways to incorporate physical activity into library programming.

You can offer special classes like Pranayaam Yoga.

You can also incorporate movement into programs like Memory Cafes.

Partnerships make these programs work.

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