- 2018 Posts
- Caregiver Specialist Heather Resnick on Caregiver Support
- Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
- Center Launches North Shore Senior Options
- On Blindness, Alzheimer's and Love
- Shared Vision: Winnetka Congregational Church Woman's Society Benevolence Committee
- Protecting Seniors and Adults with Disabilities: Adult Protective Services
- A Jack of All Trades: Al Davis
- Family Tradition: Gone Fishin'
- Dedicated Volunteer: Fern Kamen
- Generous Soul: Mitchell Slotnick
- Assessing the Older Adult Members of your Family
- Giving Back: Fay Goldblatt
- Adult Protective Services (APS) Program Benefits from Shamrock Shindig
- Humble Beginnings: Bobbi Halloran
+ 2017 Posts
- Arts and Crafts at the Center
- #GivingTuesday at North Shore Senior Center
- Leisure Time Well Spent - Daytrips at the Center
- New Advisory Council Formed
- Playreading with Vivian Mitchel
- North Shore Senior Center's Foundation Board
- Wills vs. Trusts
- Joan Golder Distinguished Senior Lecture Series showcased actor Mike Nussbaum
- 20/20 Corporate Campaign
- Functional Fitness: Training for Everyday Life
- Benefits of Pet Therapy for People with Memory Loss
- Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Benefit from Oktoberfest
- Small Screen Big Stars: Oh What a Night!
- Sharing a Common Thread
- Helping You Make Informed Choices for Care
- 2017 Janet Burgoon Philanthropic Excellence Award for Distinguished Community Partner
- 2017 Janet Burgoon Philanthropic Excellence Award for Dedicated Corporation
- 2017 Janet Burgoon Philanthropic Excellence Award for Outstanding Philanthropist
- Special Needs Trusts
- Gifts in Kind Increase the Center's Impact
- Enrich your Life with Lifelong Learning
- A Little TLC Goes a Long Way
- PEARLS: Reducing Symptoms of Depression Home-based Counseling Services Available
- Big Stars to Chair Annual Benefit
- Evanston Community Foundation
- Million Dollar Round Table Foundation
- Super Senior Day
- New Physical Therapy Services Now Available at North Shore Senior Center!
- Stroke Prevention Tips
- Why Powers of Attorney are Important to You!
- Get Expert Help with Your Tax Returns
- North Shore Senior Center Awarded Gold Status for Philanthropic Efforts
- Fitness as a Goal for Life
- Men's Club Offers Unique Programs to Community
- Spread the Love at North Shore Senior Center
- Jean Griswold Foundation supports House of Welcome Adult Day Services
- "I think a hero is any person really intent on making this a better place for people." - Maya Angelou
- "A true hero isn't measured by the size of his strength, but by the strength of his heart." - Zeus from Hercules
- Winter Safety and Health Tips
- "A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself." - Joseph Campbell
- A Granddaughter's Love for her Grandmother
- Six Things to Consider Before Making Gifts to Grandchildren
- Lending Closet for Durable Medical Equipment at North Shore Senior Center
- Seniors Can Save Lives by Donating Blood
+ 2016 Posts
- Lifelong Learning Catalog Wins International Award for Best Brochure
- Life Stories are Gifts that Keep on Giving
- Visiting Aging Parents During the Holidays
- Edna Weber Garden of Light Wing at the House of Welcome
- Learn More About What Makes This World Tick
- 60 Years of Service: Advocacy
- 60 Years of Service: Compassion
- Myrna and John Cruikshank, III: Steady and Committed Philanthropists
- Kenilworth United Fund: Longstanding, Civic-Minded Community Partner
- Radford Green at Sedgebrook: Dedicated Corporation and Vested Supporter
- Simple Tips to Improve Your Balance
- 60 Years of Service: Creativity
- Daily Money Management Fosters Peace of Mind
- Opportunities for Learning, Exploring, and Connecting
- The Edna Weber "Garden of Light" Wing
- Protecting Vulnerable Seniors: Adult Protective Services Promotes Quality of Life
- Top Ten Reasons Why Older Adults Continue to Work
- Super Seniors We Admire!
- Scams and Fraud: Protect Yourself
- The State's Devastating Impact on Our Budget
- North Shore Senior Center Southern Hub Moves to Niles
- Alzheimer's Family Support Group
- Evanston Support Group for Family Caregivers
- Family Caregiver Support Group in Skokie
+ 2015 Posts
- Music + Dance + Dialogue = A Musical!
- Flex and Strengthen Your Muscles
- Generous & Caring Corporate Citizen
- More Than Service and Fellowship
- Art Gallery a "Hidden Gem" at North Shore Senior Center
- Sound Off on Hearing Loss
- Making Sense of American Poltics
- Fitness Center Enhances More Than Muscle Strength
- Virtual View of Art: From the Basics to Specialties
- Social Connections are a Key to Successful Aging
- North Shore Senior Center Celebrates Super Seniors!
- Super Senior Spotlight
- What is a Senior Center?
- MDRT Foundation Aids Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Program
- Social Worker Reaches Out to Seniors in Need
- How to Achieve Your Healthiest Brain Yet
- AmazonSmile: Your Online Shopping Can Help NSSC!
+ 2014 Posts
Flex and Strengthen Your MusclesSeptember 24, 2015
Carole Loescher will challenge and motivate you to stay fit
“March in place four. Touch two right. Two left. March in place four. Touch two right. Two left. Single, single, double. Bicep curl.”
It was a hot, humid summer day, but the weather was comfortably cool in the North Shore Senior Center gym. Lively music played in the background. And with seriousness of purpose, 25 members of a Monday morning Muscle Movers class followed instructions as Carole Loescher cheerfully called out the steps.
The specialized exercise class for older adults focuses on muscular fitness—strength, flexibility, and balance. Carole said that they came up with the name “Muscle Movers” because of its focus and to make clear that it’s not an aerobics class. “Participants can take themselves for a walk, but people don’t typically do exercises for strength, flexibility and balance by themselves,” she commented.
Carole is a fitness specialist who has a master’s degree in exercise physiology and extensive post-graduate training in exercise therapy. She has been teaching at the Center for 20 years and loves the camaraderie she sees among those who attend her classes. Carole is convinced that the class’s positive energy and socialization are beneficial to health and as important as the exercises they do. “Some have been attending faithfully for 10–15 years, which flabbergasts me,” she said.
Though she combines familiar exercises with new routines, each class follows a similar format: standing warm-ups; gentle stretches in a chair; leg strengthening—seated and standing; other exercises to hit major muscle groups; isometrics against the wall; weights—while seated; abdominal work; and “dynamic balance,” a.k.a. dancing! And then of course there’s the cool-down and relaxing stretch to end the hour.
Nearly all the exercises are done while seated or standing nearby. “Whatever muscle group you want to exercise, I can figure out how to strengthen it in a chair without overstressing you,” Carole laughed. “I want everyone to have perfect posture and form, of course, but what I really want is for everyone to have fun.”
Jan McLaren is one of the enthusiastic class participants who have found Muscle Movers a great way to stay fit, “After knee surgery and back difficulties, I was thrilled to find an activity that is great for the body, soul and mind. One where I would not injure myself while exercising. I look forward to attending every class!”
Muscle Movers is part of the North Shore Senior Center’s Lifelong Learning programming that emphasizes fitness and health. The class meets on Mondays and Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m. and 10:15 a.m., and on Fridays at 9:00 a.m. Feel young again! Sign up now for this vigorous—but not strenuous—chance to keep your body flexible and strong.