Circus Moves for Seniors
Brain and Body Fitness for lifelong learners! Our senior programs provide a unique form of physical and mental exercise that combines developmental principles with the playful skill of circus arts. Body and mind fitness and flexibility are encouraged using progressive learning practices in a dynamic and playful learning environment that guarantees success every step of the way!
Classes are designed to:
"I've been here for awhile and I've never seen our seniors smiling so much!"
- Chauncey Anderson, Recrection Assistant Emeryville Senior Center
"Wow...I can actually feel my brain working!"
- Emeryville Senior Center Participant
Circus skills are excellent for developing and maintaining bimanual coordination, balance, and postural control. Research has found a correlation between coordinative exercise and executive [cognitive] functions; therefore circus skills like juggling may also foster the executive function of attention. (Davis, 2008)
Executive functions are cognitive processes including planning, working memory, attention, problem solving, verbal reasoning, inhibition, mental flexibility, task switching, etc.
"Circus Moves really excited [our group of 70-90 year olds]. It's the first time they asked me if I could get a program to come back." Joanne Robinson, Program Coordinator Trinity Lutheran Seniors