At age 92, Cornelia noticed her balance and stamina were quickly declining. She struggled to do simple things like opening jars and lifting small objects, and poor posture made it increasingly difficult for her to move around. Determined to make positive changes to improve her mobility and strength, Cornelia joined the SilverSneakers® Fitness Program at YWCA St. Paul
Within a few weeks of starting the program and beginning a new diet, Cornelia’s energy increased and her balance and posture dramatically improved. “It was incredible how quickly my arms and legs got stronger. Moving my body on a regular basis has been so important in staying mobile,” she explained. Today, with new energy and a desire to maintain her healthy lifestyle, 98-year-old Cornelia is an inspiring role model, showing other members that age is a number, not an excuse!
“Moving my body on a regular basis has been so important in staying mobile.”—Cornelia
SilverSneakers® is a registered mark of Healthways, Inc. This national program came to YWCA St. Paul in the fall of 2009. Today, more than 150 Health & Fitness Center members ages 65 and older participate.