Picture this: a group of seniors, some standing with walkers or sitting in wheelchairs, in a spotless, airy, and sunny room. As classical music flows from a CD, they raise their chopstick batons and begin to conduct.
This happy scene is a “conductorcise” class at the Beit Baruch elderly housing site in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine. A blend of “conducting” and “exercising,” the class offers a fun workout, time together, and the chance to hear beautiful music.
It’s one of many new initiatives that are a result of training by Marsha Frankel, Clinical Director of JF&CS Senior Services, and Francine Godfrey, Director of Wellness and Fitness at Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly (JCHE).