Aging with Grace

In classes like "Ageless Grace," the goal is to encourage timeless fitness for the body and brain.

Suzanne Tindol leads a group through "Ageless Grace," a program with certified instructors around the world.

From very large classes at senior communities to small ones like the class hosted in Henderson County, North Carolina, the goal is to encourage timeless fitness for the body and brain.

"To move different body parts so they can be mobile, flexible, work their brain," Tindol said.

National Institute of Health studies indicate exercise can have a powerful effect on the human brain. Many studies already suggest physical activity appears to reduce incidents of depression.

Some studies even suggest physical activity can delay or prevent Alzheimer's. Exercise can also ease symptoms of Alzheimer's in people who have the disorder.

"Ageless Grace" covers 21 physical moves, and five aspects deal with psychological skills.

Sixty-six-year-old student Catherine Purdy has Parkinson's.

"This helps slow the progression of the disease," Purdy said. "In addition to my medication, exercise in any form is one of the most important things I can do."

Kathy Hudson, another student, is a 69-year-old with cerebral palsy.

"My cerebral palsy is hard," she said. "It makes it hard to move."

Hudson said the class keeps her moving in spite of her struggle.

Tindol said she loves what she does.

"What we're doing now, is helping us work through our life and our older years," she said.

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