AUBURN — Philip Luciano has no plans to remain at dwelling and wait out the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I don’t wish to sit at dwelling and be a sofa potato,” mentioned the 76-year-old resident of Auburn.
Luciano involves the Auburn Mall three days every week. To not store, however to train.
He joins about 30 different seniors on the middle of the mall to bend, stretch, flex and twist to Elvis Christmas songs and “Barbara Ann” by the Seaside Boys.
Laurette Lauze and Nancy Coultrap, each of Lewiston, come each Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning as nicely. The 2 have been mates since they attended grammar faculty at Holy Cross collectively 68 years in the past.
“That is holding us from dropping our thoughts, from going loopy,” mentioned 75-year-old Lauze.
Group train throughout a pandemic has its challenges, mentioned teacher Linn Morin. Everybody wears a face protecting and most put on a protecting face protect. Morin wears a wi-fi microphone beneath her face protect in order that seniors can hear what transfer is arising subsequent. Individuals have their very own area, about 14-feet away from each other.
Competing for area with Christmas decorations has additionally been a slight drawback. “We’ve had challenges with the Christmas tree and the practice, however we make it work,” mentioned Morin. “Are you able to see me by way of the practice,” Morin asks from behind her protecting protect.
“Serving to with bone density, muscle energy, socializing and serving to them hold their stability — there’s all types of advantages to this, so you will need to hold it protected so we will all keep wholesome,” mentioned Morin.
Morin’s class “Flex Senior Health with Linn” is a program by way of SilverSneakers, a health program that focuses on older adults. The variety of lessons and attendance is down due to the pandemic. Morin taught 20 in-person lessons every week earlier than the pandemic hit Maine. Now she teaches seven lessons and one other 86 seniors observe alongside on-line.
The group of seniors discover the advantages of train outweigh the danger of catching the virus. “My joints don’t really feel as dangerous after I come to class,” mentioned Luciano. “I get aches and pains often, however at my age, what do you count on.”
“I really feel ten years youthful,” mentioned Gilman Dube of Auburn. “Properly, 5 years anyway,” mentioned 77-year-old Dube.
“It’s good for us mentally,” mentioned Coultrap.
“Linn is holding me protected and sane,” mentioned Lauze.
“If I simply come to my class, it makes my day so a lot better,” mentioned Lauze.