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Sinclair Cares: Ageless Grace

A program in Henderson County, North Carolina, is helping people facing the physical and psychological challenges of getting older.  (WLOS)

A program in Henderson County, North Carolina, is helping people facing the physical and psychological challenges of getting older.

Suzanne Tindol leads a group through Ageless Grace, a program with certified instructors around the world -- from very large classes at senior communities to small ones.

"To move different body parts, so they can be mobile, flexible, work their brain, creativity," Tindol said of the program.

There are 21 physical moves covered in Ageless Grace. Five aspects deal with psychological skills.

"My cerebral palsy is hard," Kathy Hudson, a student, said. "It makes it hard to move, and so she keeps me moving. So, I like that."

The National Institutes of Health said studies are underway that show evidence exercise has a powerful effect on the human brain.

"What we're doing now is helping us work through our life and our older years," another student said.

The easy-to-learn tools promote the three Rs of lifelong comfort and ease the ability to respond, react, and recover efficiently and safely.

The Ageless Grace tools include right and left-brain activities and numbered sequences of physical movements in patterns that play games with the mind. There are also mind-body directions that allow the brain to consciously choose and direct the movement of the body in either a random or specific sequence.

The 21 tools have vivid, easy-to-remember names and include imagery, creativity, playfulness, variety, polarity, sound, expression, words and games. They are used to stimulate and release endorphins and engage the nervous system.

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