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    Inspiring 82-year-old Stays Active and Fit Through Fast-Paced Zumba and regular Exercise

    While many see the beginning of a new year as a great time to start fresh with lifestyle changes and goals that will make the next 12 months even better than the last, living a healthy lifestyle and committing to regular exercise and fitness is what 82-year-old Adele Tarran of Moldaw Residences has done all her life or is already doing every day. Exercise is beneficial for a number of reasons, and a recent study shows it plays a significant role specifically in reducing the risk of dementia. Tarran did not need to see that kind of research to believe in the benefits of exercise. She moved from the east coast to Palo Alto and into the active senior living community of Moldaw four years ago to be closer to her children and grandchildren. Since then, she has not slowed down in her busy schedule. Tarran works out at least three times a week and believes physical exercise is important for overall wellness. She encourages everyone to try new things and get active to stay healthy. That is how she got hooked on Zumba when she tried it last year.

    “The bottom line is we need to exercise to be healthy,” said Tarran. “It’s good for the mind; it’s good for the body; ultimately, I call it my medicine.”

    Tarran has been physically active throughout her life playing tennis for over 25 years, participating in various aerobics exercise classes and taking frequent walks to enjoy the outdoors. She recognizes being healthy means making healthful choices when eating and doing a variety of activities to help a variety of muscles.

    “I enjoy an aerobics class on Monday, Tai Chi on Tuesday and Zumba on Saturday to make sure I’m working out in some way at least three times a week,” said Tarran. “I like that Zumba is a fun-filled group exercise class with the lively music for fast-paced exercise, which is good for your heart. But I also like solitary exercise and often take long walks alone to enjoy the outdoors and the music on my iPod.”

    Tarran refers to music as her “companion” and listens to everything from Springstein to classical music. She also goes to the fitness center at Oshman Family Jewish Community Center next door to Moldaw on her own to use the equipment there and do weight-varying exercises for strength-building. Some of the classes she attends are offered there, but the Tai Chi class is provided at Moldaw.

    “Generally, I prefer aerobics exercises because you get so many benefits across the board from those, but I find Tai Chi very beneficial too because of the increased balance and strength you get from that form of exercise,” said Tarran.

    Tarran believes that exercising and leading an active lifestyle is about staying healthy overall. Whether it involves a challenging aerobics class or just taking regular walks, it is important to be doing something. It simply takes that initial commitment to start, and the earlier in life that is done, the healthier and happier life will be down the road.

    “It can be hard to start exercising when you reach a certain age and if you hadn’t done so before. For me, I’ve been enjoying aerobics for a long time, so it’s hard to stop,” said Tarran. “If a few days go by and I haven’t exercised, I feel different; I feel achy. Exercise helps work those kinds of things out and makes me feel stronger and better all around.”

    “It is so encouraging to see our residents, like Adele, maintaining their active lifestyles around campus,” said Miki Raver. “She is a powerful example of the way exercise keeps us all healthy and can be great for our mental health, as well as our physical fitness. Anyone starting a new year’s resolutions to get fit should look to the seniors right here at Moldaw for inspiration on ways to stay dedicated.”

    Moldaw Residences is an innovative senior living community located at the 8.5 acre Taube Koret Campus for Jewish Life, adjacent to the 130,000 square foot Oshman Family Jewish Community Center. As a continuing care retirement community (CCRC), Moldaw Residences enables older adults to age in place by providing independent living, assisted living and memory support. Opened in 2009, Moldaw Residences offers 193 maintenance free, spacious apartment homes and extensive social and cultural amenities. Affiliated with the Jewish Senior Living Group, it is open to all faiths, ethnicities, and racial background.

    For more information about Moldaw Residences of Palo Alto, visit www.moldaw.org or call (800) 873-9614.
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