Healthy Senior Living

  • Written by Bob Kirkpatrick
Northshore Senior Center is the official Rock Steady Boxing affiliate for Rock Steady Boxing Puget Sound.


Rock Steady Boxing program helps local seniors battle Parkinson's

Bob Kirkpatrick

BOTHELL – Maximizing the mental, emotional, and physical potential of people living with Parkinson's disease, is the mission of Northshore Senior Center’s Rocky Steady Boxing Puget Sound program.

The goal is achieved through an intensive exercise regimen that is built around boxing and delivered in a welcoming, professional and supportive environment.

“The results have been astonishing, attracting the attention of medical experts and national news media,”
Carol Robertson, founder Rock Steady Boxing Puget Sound, said.

The program's first location was inside a small room at the SnoValley Senior Center in Carnation. Because of the popularity of the program, it quickly outgrew the space at moved briefly to Duvall and settled in the NW Fighting Academy in Redmond.

While operating out of Redmond, the Northshore Senior Center wanted to open a program too and has now become the official Rock Steady Boxing affiliate for Rock Steady Boxing Puget Sound.

Judi Pirone, Program Manager at Northshore Adult Day Health & Wellness Center, oversees the activity.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled and excited to be the official Rock Steady Boxing affiliate for Rock Steady Boxing Puget Sound,” she said. “We hope to continue to support and grow the program.”

Carol and another fully certified instructor, Shig Tsutsumi, who is a retired PE teacher, helps head up the program at the Health & Wellness Center facility.

“We also have trained volunteers to assist with the classes as well as our Occupational Therapist who provides the initial and ongoing assessments,” Judi said. “Right now our classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-10:30 a.m. in the multi-purpose room at the senior center, and 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday in our Health & Wellness Center.

“The boxers are intense and work hard every class. They support and motivate each other to keep moving, keep going and not stop! It is an inspiration and the boxers along with their corner person share a special kind of comradery with each other. They put in a lot of hard work into each class, but I still see smiles when they are done.”

There are currently 35 boxers, both men and women, ranging in age from 55-85 signed up for the Rock Steady Boxing program. The participants come from Woodinville, Kirkland, Kenmore, Mill Creek, Lynnwood and Bothell, and various other locations. Bus rides are available for those in need of transportation.

Rock Steady Boxing was the first non-contact boxing program of its kind in the country dedicated to people with Parkinson's disease. It was founded in 2006 by Scott Newman (who is living with early-onset Parkinson's disease). Corporation headquarters is located in Indianapolis, Indiana.


Fairwinds Brittany Park residents walked over 80 miles in one month. (courtesy photo)


Brittany Park takes senior fitness to a whole new level
By Bob Kirkpatrick

WOODINVILLE – Residents of Fairwinds Brittany Park are seriously health conscience. In a community of 200, approximately 84 percent are active on the facilities PrimeFit program.

“We are very proud of our residents and the program we offer here at Brittany Park,” PrimeFit coordinator Lindsy Johanson said. “They are determined to not let age define them, and that drives our program and challenges us to continuously create new and fun fitness programs.”

Johanson said Brittany Park takes senior fitness to a whole new by offering an abundance of fitness programs to encourage a healthy and independent lifestyle.

The PrimeFit gym, she said, is fully staffed with well-educated Senior Fitness Trainers who are passionate about helping those who are 65 and older reach health and fitness goals.

“They truly understand the importance of staying active as you age and that exercise is the key to sustaining mobility, strength, and endurance,” Johanson said. "The PrimeFit fitness program is specifically designed to help individuals improve their quality of life and maintain independence.

“In addition to one-on-one personal training, we offer a variety of fitness classes for all abilities including Chair Yoga, Balance Basics, Silver Sneakers and so much more."


Sno-Valley Senior Center offers healthy living programs

Kira Avery

Program Coordinator

CARNATION -- Research shows that physical activity lowers the risk of disease and depression, improves physical and brain function, all while decreasing healthcare costs. And it’s fun!
The nationally renowned evidence-based EnhanceFitness classes offered at the Sno-Valley Senior Center include cardiovascular, strength, balance and flexibility in every one hour class.
New participants and over 50 can try any of our classes for free.

snovalley20Fit Over 50 offers a variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement, and skills required during activities for daily living. Weighted hula hoops, elastic tubing, and a ball are used for resistance and a chair is used for seated and/ or standing support.

EnhanceFitness, a low-cost, evidence-based group exercise and falls prevention program, helps older adults at all levels of fitness become more active, energized and empowered to sustain independent lives

•EnhanceFitness: Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.
•Mat Yoga: Monday at 4 p.m.
•Chair Yoga: Tuesday and Thursday at 9 a.m.
•Zumba: Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
•Fit Over 50!: Thursday at 10:30 a.m.

The Sno-Valley Senior Center is also offering a Fall Prevention Class for seniors and their families on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 10 a.m. Learn about the importance of safety, home decluttering, and exercise in daily living.

At the end of the presentation, free fall risk screens will be available! Katie Tutko, a Doctor of Physical Therapy, working with Outpatient Physical Therapy in South King County, will be giving this presentation.

Her special interest is fall prevention and she looks forward to coming out to Sno-Valley!

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