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Peggy Curtis, RSVP Volunteer & Bone Builders Instructor
I believe people enjoy life more when they feel better. Physically, Bone Builders has helped me improve my posture, have stronger arms and legs and more flexibility. Socially, it’s helped me get to know people in my community. I became a volunteer instructor because I really feel the positive benefits and want to share and perpetuate that. I love it when participants tell me they’re now able to walk up stairs more easily and don’t feel off-balance any more. Those who come, come faithfully. They rely on it and believe in it. I hope everyone continues and we can get stronger and set goals together.
THIS IS A STORY ABOUT HOW WE PROMOTE OPTIMAL HEALTH AND WELL-BEING
Osteoporosis is a painful and costly problem amongst Vermont seniors. The health care costs for osteoporosis-related hip fractures are estimated at $90,000 per fracture – one of seven Vermont men and one of three Vermont women aged 50+ will break a bone due to osteoporosis.
Bone Builders classes fill a vital need for regular physical exercise as well as increased social interaction, both well-known components of healthy aging.
- Prevention against bone deterioration.
- Increased bone density and muscle strength.
- Improved balance, flexibility and energy.
- Increased social connections and reduced isolation.
HOW WE’RE INVOLVED
Bone Builders is supported by United Way of Northwest Vermont’s RSVP, which connects volunteers age 55+ with people and organizations in our community. It is a free exercise class which helps older adults older adults improve balance and strength and reduce the impact of osteoporosis. Participants attend classes in their community.
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