On Thursday, May 25th, River Forest Township sponsored an energizing session of “Movement and Memory For Joyful Aging” at the River Forest Community Center—and the turnout was so strong and enthusiastic that officials are exploring the possibility of offering more classes.

In the event that helped wrap up Celebrating Seniors Week in River Forest, as well as Oak Park and Forest Park, more than 20 participants moved to music that included Ella Fitzgerald, other 1940s tunes, vibrant rhythms of World Music and various dance genres like Afro-Brazilian, Latin and Swing.

Employing a cardio-dance style known as “ayun dance” that engages the mind and body, instructor Gloria Araya helps participants get invigorated mentally and physically. A native of Chile, Araya has traveled the world sharing her unique style of dance movement that emphasizes maintaining a nurturing inner life while promoting an active lifestyle.

“Movement and Memory for Joyful Aging” builds on evidence-based research showing that daily movement, for both the body and the brain, is a key to resilient aging.

Anyone interested in learning more, including the possibility of having the Township sponsor more sessions, should contact Cathaleen Roach at croach.rftownship@gmail.com.

To learn more about programs or services provided by River Forest Township, please call 708-366-2029 or visit www.RiverForestTownship.org. On Facebook: www.facebook.com/RiverForestTownship; on Twitter: www.twitter.com/RFTownship.

 *Submitted by Inside Edge: Public Relations & Media Services

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