Active For Life

Fitness, dance and wellness programs for older adults and special populations

Special Populations

Classes are designed to exercise and benefit both physical and cognitive health.


  • Older adults / seniors

  • Neurodegenerative diseases

  • Special needs

Brain & Body Exercise Classes

  • TAP TIME™ (Seated Tap Class with Patent Pending Tap Shoe Covers & Tap Board).

  • SEATED RHYTHM™ (Ballroom and Latin Dancing Inspired)

  • Seated Workout Sing-A-Long

  • Brain and Body

  • Posture and Alignment

  • Fall Prevention

  • Silver Strength & Silver Sneakers

  • Balance and Barre

  • Seated Yoga Stretch

  • Ballroom Dancing

  • Tai Chi (seated option available)

  • Seated Tai Fusion

  • Public Speaking

  • Modified Line Dancing

  • *Flexible scheduling available 

Senior Physiotherapy

Wellness Programs

Our wellness programs offer gentle group exercise instruction that caters to older adults and special populations by providing exercises that take their current skill level and health into account to ensure everyone involved can participate. 


“At Sunrise, we nurture our resident’s mind, body, and spirit through our Live with Purpose programming. One of the eight signature programs is called Live with Action. Live with Action programs are the activities that keep the body in motion. Active for Life helps achieve this by providing their Seated Rhythm class to our residents. The residents look forward to this class every month! Our instructor Melissa has built a beautiful relationship with our residents. She is always coming up with new ideas and makes sure the residents are staying active. Physical activity is very important for senior health and well-being. We make this happen through awesome programs provided by Active for Life.”

-Mariah M. Activities and Volunteer Coordinator

Featured in Brain & Life Magazine

Seated Tap Dancing Helps Seniors with Dementia

In April, Debra Chew was visiting her 80-year-old mother, Jacqueline Castro, at an assisted living facility outside Cleveland. As she sat with her mom, who has vascular dementia, an aide popped her head in the room to notify Castro that a tap dancing class was about to begin. Chew recalls thinking, “Tap dancing? My mom has dementia and two knees that are bone on bone, and she's tap dancing?”


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