Retirement community class turns residents into rock stars

LOVELAND, C.O. - Two days a week, in a drum class at Good Samaritan Society Loveland Village's Wellness Center, retirement community residents turn into rock stars.

Janet Clark, 98, is one of the musicians. "I've never been told that before. It's really terrific," Clark said as she wrapped her head around the label "rock star."

Clark has attended the class for the last six months. Before she decided to give it a try, she never knew how physical drumming on an exercise ball could be.

"It keeps us young, it keeps us healthy, and that's really important when you get to be a senior," drummer and Good Samaritan Society – Loveland Village resident Carla Bender said.

Jackie Gresham is the wellness instructor who brought the class to Loveland. She said she found it on YouTube and thought it would be a great way to incorporate healthy benefits into residents' routines.

"We got buckets and big exercise balls and real drumsticks, and so we just started the class and it really took on," Gresham said. "It's good for not just getting the heart rate up, but also for brain health. You're learning patterns, which is really important for brain health."

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