Morning Pointe "Beats" Stress With Drum Exercise Classes

Friday, June 14, 2013
Morning Pointe of Chattanooga residents Nita Bankston, Ruth Bley, Lillian Samuel  and Van Robinson help lead a Drums Alive class for the seniors at their sister community, Morning Pointe of Collegedale at Greenbriar Cove.
Morning Pointe of Chattanooga residents Nita Bankston, Ruth Bley, Lillian Samuel and Van Robinson help lead a Drums Alive class for the seniors at their sister community, Morning Pointe of Collegedale at Greenbriar Cove.
Drums Alive is the name of the exercise program now being offered several times a week at Morning Pointe of Chattanooga.  It allows the residents to exercise to the beat of their own drums.  

"I like it because it is great eye/hand coordination," said Juanita Bankston.  Lillian Smith, also a resident couldn't agree more, "I like it because it's good exercise with good music." 

This exercise combines traditional aerobic movements with the powerful beat and rhythm of drums. Instead of beating on an actual drum, residents hit a Rubbermaid trash can with a pair of drumsticks. 

"The seniors get a chance to 'beat' out their frustrations as well as unleash their inner rock stars," said Jennifer Halpin, life enrichment director for the assisted living community. 

"I am watching Jennifer and concentrating on the beat. I forget about everything else," said Morning Pointe resident Virginia Gill. 

The class is held at 3 p.m. every Thursday, and at varying times on Tuesdays. The residents like it so much they have already taken the class to their sister community at Morning Pointe of Collegedale at Greenbriar Cove and taught those residents. 

"Often times if an activity ends early, the seniors want to add in an extra drum exercise class," said Ms. Halpin.   

"I wouldn't miss it for the world," said Morning Pointe resident Van Robinson.


Morning Pointe, Samaritan Center Celebrate 6th Annual Holiday Toy Drive

Morning Pointe Senior Living and Independent Healthcare Properties (IHP), in partnership with The Samaritan Center in Ooltewah, continue a 6-year-old tradition of bringing Christmas to local children and families in need. From November through early December, the senior healthcare company’s assisted living and Alzheimer’s memory care communities in Chattanooga, Ooltewah, Hixson ... (click for more)

Haslam, Boyd Announce State Infrastructure Investment Surrounding St. Jude Children's Research Hospital In Shelby County

Governor Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd on Thursday announced that the state of Tennessee, along with the city of Memphis, will invest in public infrastructure surrounding St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.   The state will invest $12 million in FastTrack funding to improve the public infrastructure surrounding ... (click for more)

Tennessee Members Of Congress Urge President To Approve Federal Disaster Assistance For Tennessee Counties

Members of Tennessee’s Congressional delegation on Saturday urged President Obama to quickly approve Governor Haslam’s request for a major disaster declaration for the State of Tennessee to help five Tennessee counties impacted by wildfires and severe weather in November rebuild and recover. “Governor Bill Haslam has submitted a request for Public Assistance and Individual ... (click for more)

Grohn Says Integrity And Ethics Lacking In Berke Administration

Mayoral candidate Larry Grohn criticized controversies and instability coming from the mayor’s administration as a sign of unethical leadership and a lack of integrity. He said, "These scandals lay out the simple fact that it is time for new leadership which is accountable to the people." Councilman Grohn’s criticism comes after the independent auditor’s release of a memorandum ... (click for more)

New School Funding Ideas

After reading the article “County Schools Prepare To Set Priorities For Next Round Of School Building Funding,” I could not help but think about how helpful it would be to have the millions of taxpayer dollars given the owners of Walnut Common apartments to build some new schools.   In case you did not know, since 2008 our elected officials have given away millions in taxpayer ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Facebook Starlet

The Pants Store, a toney women’s boutique in Birmingham’s Mountain Book community, held its annual Holiday Open House about a week or so and, as usual, the popular store was full of customers and holiday cheer. It was a festive gathering, fun for all, but as store employees cleaned up for the next day, they happened across an empty designer-shoe box and a brassiere somebody had ... (click for more)