Program offers exercise classes aimed at helping to reduce falls among seniors

It was 9 a.m., and change was coming, Lori McCormick warned her students as they sat on cushioned chairs arranged in an oval in a brightly lit studio. There would be a new soundtrack for their workout, new tunes to offer a beat.

“Play some waltzes!” called a white-haired, white-mustachioed student in jeans and sturdy sneakers.

Sorry, McCormick told him. They’d be moving faster than a waltz.

A couple of stragglers joined the group – one leaving a walker at the door – and McCormick, the health and fitness director at Touchmark retirement community on South Waterford Drive launched into the morning’s hourlong routine.

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