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Stretching – and humor – help seniors stay loose in exercise class


August 1, 2018

DELENA GILMAN, center, leads a Sweet Home Senior Center exercise class at the Community Center gym. Working on a muscle-strengthening exercise are, from left, Colleen Hillman, Tonni Hutchinson, Marina Orri, Cecile Clemens, Betty Postma and, to the right of Gilman, George Hughes.

What started out as a small group of half a dozen members in the exercise program at the Sweet Home Senior Center two decades ago has flourished into a healthy thrice-weekly gathering of almost 30 people today.

At 94 years old, Betty Postma is probably the oldest and one of the longest-standing members in the class.

"Heavens, I started doing this at the senior center downtown, so I've been here forever," Postma said.

Delena Gilman leads the class, and believes the growth is attributed mostly to word of mouth, but admits the people enjoy each other.

"They usually start because they need some...

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