Seniors bond over benefits of exercise
BY SARA WYKES
Norbert von der Groeben
Strong for Life classes help Sylvia Wildmann maintain her independence.
Victorine Raugi is brave and bright of spirit although disabled in body. She can’t walk independently. Yet there she is at Little House, a senior center in Menlo Park, hands grasping the ends of a yellow rubber fitness band, stretching its resistance with all her might. “I talked to my doctor about this and she said, ‘Keep it up.’ At 92, I’m failing but this is keeping me strong.”
Today, Raugi is surrounded by more than 30 other seniors, as they twist, bend and lift their aging bodies with youthful enthusiasm. They are just some of the 300 people now taking advantage of this twice-weekly free exercise program, called Strong for Life, which is supported by Stanford Hospital & Clinics.
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