Ageless Grace® Classes Promote Cognitive Health

It can be daunting starting a new fitness routine.

You might walk into a gym, look at some of the machines and wonder if they’re exercise equipment or elaborate torture devices. Or you might see people who know exactly what they’re doing, while you’re wondering the proper way to lift a kettlebell.

Do you hire trainer? Follow along with an app? Join classes?

And how often should you go? For how long? When do you start to see results?

It’s no wonder that many new year’s resolutions made with the best of intentions are cast aside by February.

It can be particularly challenging for older adults. They may be concerned about pushing past their limits and getting hurt, or finding a trainer with experience working with that age group.

Where do you even start?

The perfect starting point for many older adults is Ageless Grace®, because not only does it help exercise the body, but it works the brain too, and has been shown to help older adults with their cognitive health.

Best of all, it’s done seated. No heavy lifting, no confusing machines, it’s the right program for people of all abilities.

What is Ageless Grace®?

Ageless Grace® is a brain-body fitness program for older adults.

It’s performed entirely seated regardless of a participant’s level of ability. If LeBron James joins a class, he’s sitting, no exceptions.

The reason for that is that by performing the fitness tools seated, it forces the brain to consider new ways of accomplishing each component. It’s one thing to go to the gym and lift weights, but it’s another when you’re seated and trying to lift your foot and write your name with it in the air. All of a sudden, the brain’s neurons have to fire differently to make it work.

Doing so activates neuroplasticity, which is the brain’s ability to change and reorganize itself, allowing us to adapt to changes and experiences. Neuroplasticity also helps us learn new things and create connections between the regions of the brain as well as help the brain recover from injury and create more effective learning.

By promoting neuroplasticity, it activates the five functions of the brain: strategic planning, memory and recall, analytical thinking, creativity and imagination, and kinesthetic learning.

Again, a little different than a jog on a treadmill.

Along with the cognitive impacts, Ageless Grace® also offers a variety of other anti-aging benefits, such as improving joint mobility, balance, spinal flexibility, confidence and right-left brain coordination.  

Ageless Grace® is performed in a group setting, with upbeat music playing in a fun, social environment. You can learn more about the program by reading an interview with its creator, Denise Medved, and for the month of February, you can try it for free at most Prestige communities.