Ageless Grace -Neuroplasticity with Marilyn Reitman
Mondays, 1 – 2 pm (beginning March 6, 2017)
Suggested donation of 120 pesos
Contact Marilyn with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ageless Grace – Neuroplasticity
Ageless Grace works by re-opening the neural pathways that were created from the time you were born until approximately the age of 21. Functional and cognitive skills were developed through typical childhood games, sports and activities that many seniors no longer practice. Ageless Grace re-opens those pathways and equally important, creates new ones by practicing functional movements we don’t already know how to do. Practicing, remembering and learning these simple skills allows positive results to come surprisingly quickly – much like remembering how to ride a bicycle. The aspects of these movements combine as the process of neuroplasticity (the ability of the brain and nervous system to change structurally and functionally) and are vital to active aging and youthful function. The movements are set to uplifting music and are organic rather than choreographed. The focus is on using the core to stimulate cognitive function and physical function simultaneously. These movements are practiced sitting in a chair. This allows all ages and abilities of seniors to practice it, as well as baby boomers, young adults, those with weight, joint, diabetes and other challenges, and those in wheelchairs or with other physical limitations – and kids absolutely love it.
Ageless Grace – Neuroplasticity and Parkinson’s Disease
Through the science of Neuroplasticity, the brain has the natural ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural pathways and connections and is capable of change after childhood, into maturity and even in your later years. Brain reorganization occurs by forming new neural pathways to bring about a needed function. This is put in place in the brain by mechanisms such as “axonal sprouting” where undamaged axons grow new nerve endings to reconnect neurons whose links were severed or impaired. Neuroplasticity also means undamaged axons can grow nerve endings to connect with other undamaged nerve cells. For example, if damage is done in one hemisphere of the brain the other undamaged hemisphere may take over some of its functions. This is achieved by stimulating the neurons through certain activities, like Ageless Grace, where the brain compensates for damage by forming new communications between intact neurons. This discovery has enormous implications for the Parkinson’s Community. Parkinson’s Disease symptoms include physical, emotional and brain issues. Ageless Grace meets all the requirements of a Neuroplasticity model and is ideally suited to Parkinson’s as it addresses the 5 function of the Brain and all the functions to be healthy again. Ageless Grace addresses kinesthetic learning as well as Cognitive, Dementia and Apathy issues. By practicing Ageless Grace, a Parkinson’s patient can enhance attention span, increase levels of working memory, speed up the brain’s processing power and thereby stimulate healing and improve poor balance and other movement disorders.
Marilyn is a certified instructor in Tai Chi, Adult Fitness, A Matter of Balance and Neuroplasticity in hospitals, senior centers, and fitness centers. She has 12 years of experience in Florida and New York. Her work through The Alliance for Aging, a government agency, had made her a star teacher and very much in demand. She became interested in Neuroplasticity to enhance her work with both adults and children. In Neuroplasticity, she saw a way to connect her passion for music and dance, having been a teacher of ballroom, tango and salsa. She taught students in various settings and began to observe changes in the way they moved with more confidence and improved in memory, focus, and balance. “As a dancer, I am able to take my tango, salsa, and ballroom dancing of over 50 years and apply it to this course. My discovery of Neuroplasticity resonated with me and my passion to teach in this new way opened my heart and has given me the opportunity to share this with my students.”