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“Gentle Yoga” Classes to Begin April 22 at SAGE Eldercare

Julie Pedersen, Communications Specialist, SAGE Eldercare

Thursday, April 11, 2013 • 2:50pm

Beginning on Monday, April 22 from 10:00 am to 11:15 am and running for eight weeks, SAGE Eldercare will host a series of classes entitled, “Gentle Yoga,”
especially for adults of all ages with Parkinson’s and movement disorders.  The program will give those coping with Parkinson’s disease, both patients and caregivers, an opportunity to experiment, enjoy a sense of grace, and play with music and movement.

Studies have shown that gentle yoga and meditation may result in a visible reduction in tremors, improve steadiness of gait, mobility, flexibility and quality of life.  Additionally, yoga and meditation may help alleviate depression, anxiety and fatigue, as well as increase energy, reduce stress and improve sleep for the participant.

Karen Rutberg, instructor for this course, is a registered yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance and has studied and practiced yoga for more than 20 years.  Her training includes Integrated Movement Therapy at Kripalu, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at Duke Integrative Medicine, ChildLight Yoga, and anatomy and physiology courses.  Karen enjoys teaching yoga to students of all ages and abilities.

The classes will take place at SAGE Eldercare, 290 Broad Street in Summit.  The eight-week session costs $96.  Space is limited, so please contact Karen Rutberg at karen@karenrutberg.com or call 973.763.0564 to reserve your spot, ask questions, and obtain the registration form, which includes a physician’s permission waiver.

SAGE Eldercare supports the independence, well-being and quality of life of older adults, their families and caregivers, through the provision of client-centered health, social and support services.  Founded in 1954, SAGE is one of the few non-profit eldercare agencies in the United States, and the oldest in New Jersey, that offers a broad and comprehensive array of services under one roof that assist elderly, often frail, adults to remain independent in their own homes.  SAGE Programs include: HomeCare; Meals On Wheels; Spend-A-Day Adult Day Health Center; GPS (Guidance, Planning and Support) Services; InfoCare free information and referral service; Fall Prevention Initiative; Home Repair Service; Grocery Shopping and Errand Service; Bill Paying Service; Holistic Living Services; Alzheimer’s and PREP caregiver support groups; Community Education; and Union County Medicare SHIP (State Health Insurance Assistance Program).  SAGE Eldercare serves 7,000 people throughout Union, Essex, Morris and Somerset Counties, as well as across the United States.  For more information, call 908.273.5550 or visit www.sageeldercare.org.

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