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.


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