With much interest being shown by the seniors of San Antonio, many centers are meeting the requests of seniors who love dancing. They are bringing dancing to them in the morning, afternoon and evenings in the form of Zumba Gold® in some programs. The City of San Antonio, San Antonio Dance Umbrella, Humana Guidance Center and individual instructors make this all possible and give the seniors an opportunity to dance and feel great about themselves.
Dance movement in the form of Zumba® not only gives the seniors a great music compilation that keeps their toe tapping (and hips shaking and gyrating) but it offers a much needed movement to assist with their activities of daily life. Dance opportunities in the form of exercise meets the need for preventative medicine by improving quality of life, maintaining their functional skills, fun and enjoyable social environment, enhancing safe and slow progressions of patterned learning.
Seniors find themselves experiencing many physical changes as a result of their aging. Lean body muscle mass declines leading to decrease in muscular strength as muscle cells atrophy. There is a decline in the mineral content in bones known as osteoporosis, as well as change in the processing of oxygen and pumping of blood through the heart, lungs and circulatory vessels which is a decline in aerobic capacity. Other effects of aging include increase of cholesterol, hypertension, rise in blood sugar and an increase of body fat.
With such concerns and the means for prevention, private insurance companies, senior community centers, non-profit agencies and small commercial entities have come together in different forums and venues to meet this need by implementing a program of excitement and enjoyment with a focus on movement and appreciation for music and international dance. The most evident dance fitness program-Zumba®!
Seniors from District 10 Senior Community Center are such participants who have been part of the Zumba dance program for over a year. Many participants are spouses, individuals who encourage their friends to join them and even siblings. One such participant is Aines Maza who cheerfully comments, “I feel horrible if I don’t come. I look forward to it every week. I absolutely love it!”. Many of the students of District 10 share the same sentiment by attending classes regularly and helping recruit many more students each week. They look forward to the “Jump, Jive & Wail” and “Cumbia Arabia” as well as any dance that they can do their machete or belly dance hips and wear the popular belly dance skirts.
It’s always a fun time with a few gritos such as those that can be heard at Humana Guidance Center on the West Side of San Antonio when the right cumbia, polka or Mexican ranchera is played. Does it sound like a party yet? Well, it is. It’s a golden great time!!
These programs can be fully taken advantage of at the District 10 Senior Center on Wednesdays at 8:30 am at 4355 Centergate and at Humana Guidance Center on Mondays and Wednesdays 10:30 am at 803 Castroville Road.