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Health and Fitness Programs

Stay fit or get into shape! Senior centers offer exercise, fitness and dance classes at very affordable prices. Some classes may be free of charge. While some classes are offered on an ongoing basis, others are offered for a semester and may require advance registration. Classes are held on a pre-determined schedule.

Program Levels

Image of a man on an exercise bike.

Fitness programs are geared to all levels, from the beginner to the experienced student. Programs range from chair exercise to high-impact aerobics. Some centers have state-of-the-art fitness centers with senior friendly equipment and free weights.

Several fitness centers have staff on site to monitor the participants while other centers have a stand-alone exercise area that is not supervised. A fee may be charged to use the fitness center/exercise studios. You should always check with your doctor before beginning an exercise program.

Fitness Classes

Many centers may require participants to sign an Exercise Release Form before joining a fitness class.

Dance Classes

  • Ballroom Dancing
  • Clogging
  • Line Dancing
  • Salsa Dancing
  • Square Dancing
  • Tap Dancing

Exercise Classes

  • Aerobics (low, medium or high impact)
  • Chair Exercise
  • Circuit Training
  • Strength Training
  • Tai Chi
  • Walking
  • Water Aerobics
  • Yoga

Health Screenings

Image of a female nurse with a stethoscope.Free and low-cost health screenings are offered at many senior centers and nutrition sites. These screenings are often offered in partnership with local hospitals, physicians and health departments.

Flu and pneumonia shots are often given during the fall months. Many centers hold health fairs during the year so that seniors may have a number of screenings in one day.

  • Blood pressure
  • Cancer (various types)
  • Cholesterol
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Foot
  • Glucose
  • Hearing
  • Nutrition
  • Osteoporosis
  • Stroke
  • Thyroid
  • Vision

Health Seminars and Lectures

Most senior centers offer lectures and seminars on a variety of health topics. Health professionals visit the centers to make presentations or to meet individually with seniors. Pharmacists may visit the center to discuss medications. Nurses from local hospitals sometimes come to the center to provide guidance about individual health concerns. These lectures and consultations are almost always free of charge.

  • Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment
  • Caring for Your Feet
  • Coping with Depression
  • Early Intervention
  • After a Stroke
  • Fall Prevention
  • Maintaining Cardiac Health
  • Medication Management
  • New Developments in Treating Diabetes
  • Stress Management

Health Services

It is rare for senior centers to offer medical services within the center; however, the Waxter Center in Baltimore City and the University of Maryland Medical System partner to bring a full range of primary care medical services to city seniors. Medicare, Medical Assistance, most commercial health insurance, and HMOs are accepted at UniversityCare at Waxter Center. Call the Baltimore City Maryland Access Point (MAP) program for further information.

Nutrition Programs

A nutritious meal is served in many senior centers through the Eating Together Program. Nutrition education is offered regularly at sites where Eating Together meals are served. Nutritionists give presentations on nutrition topics, and may also assist members with personal nutrition planning. Cooking demonstrations may also be offered.