Special Populations

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

Special Populations Programs

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


Exercise modifications allow those restricted to wheelchairs or who cannot stand for long periods of time to still be participants.


These brain and body classes can have the core focus of stretching, strengthening, balance, cardiovascular health or a collective approach encompassing all facets of fitness. 


Great addition to any facility's activities calendar. 


  • Independent Living

  • Assisted Living

  • Memory Care

  • Short & Long Term Care

  • Adult Day Care Centers

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 

"This has been my happiest day in 2020. To see my 100 year old father tap dancing has been my happiest day that I've had this year. I Facetime'd my brother in Boston during the (seated tap) class so that he could watch and it brought tears to his eyes and he began to cry. This is wonderful."  Pat Smith 

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Active For Life works with those living in Independent Living, Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing, and Rehabilitation facilities, and those with neurodegenerative diseases who are living in Memory Care facilities.


Active For Life's fitness and wellness programs are designed with brain and body wellness in mind so the participant can stimulate and exercise both cognitively and physically. Our connection with the residents is just as important to us as the exercise.


We strive to not only provide excellent exercise programs and non-pharmacological therapies, but to ameliorate our participants day. 

Seated Tap Dancing Helps Seniors with Dementia

Brain & Life Magazine

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?”

Active For Life music programs helping Alzheimer’s and dementia patients dance and sing again

“We work a lot with the elderly and individuals with degenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and dementia,” Elyria native Renner, who now calls Westlake home. “It’s seated dance, that way individuals in wheelchairs who have cognitive or physical disabilities can participate.”

Active For Life’s programs include seated tap classes, rhythm classes and sing-alongs. For the former, Renner said participants wear a special tap cover that goes over their shoes.