Health & Exercise
Medical Loan Closet
A limited amount of medical equipment such as walkers, canes, crutches, port-a- potties and wheelchairs are available to seniors and disabled persons for loan of a minimal fee of $1 a month. Wheelchairs must pay a fee of $25 that is not refundable. Donations of medical equipment are also accepted.
Limited appointments are offered for senior citizen residents of Bloom Township to receive podiatry services. Foot and nail care are discussed during consultations and are available during the morning and afternoon hours every month for your convenience. A local podiatrist volunteers his time for this valuable service to seniors.
Foot problems commonly develop in people with diabetes and can quickly become serious so diabetics are encouraged to come in and see the doctor. Contact the senior department for appointment availability.
Gentle Chair & Floor Yoga Sessions
Are you curious and want to experience yoga? Make the chair your floor! This program is a gentle form of yoga performed either sitting in or standing by a chair. This form of yoga is recommended for beginners, those with disabilities and injuries, those with limited mobility or weight constraints, or those who want to learn how to refresh their bodies while sitting at a desk.
This course will be instructed by Doctor Nadine Kelly M.D., RYT, R-CYT. Doctor Kelly is a retired physician, yoga instructor and owner of YOGI M.D. Doctor Kelly believes in making yoga accessible to everyone of all physical levels based on the knowledge of the benefits of yoga in maintaining health, improve quality of life, and controlling the effects of a range of chronic conditions
Doctor Kelly teaches semi-weekly chair yoga and bimonthly floor yoga classes at Bloom Township through the Senior Services department. Classes are structured to include breathing exercises, proper posture, a variety of modified gentle yoga poses, and meditation/relaxation exercises. The yoga poses are performed slowly and safely, either sitting or standing by a chair with the use of props (yoga strap, block, and the wall) to assist in making the yoga poses manageable to each individual.
Schedule & Fees
Chair Yoga classes are available on Mondays from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Floor Yoga classes are scheduled periodically on Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
One class a week fee for a Resident $20 Non-Resident $40 Two classes a week fee is Resident $40 Non-Resident $80. Sessions usually run: January through March, April through June, July through September and October through December.
Pre-registration is required and payment is due two weeks before a new session begins for existing participants and one week prior to new session for new participants. Classes fill up fast! Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. There are no refunds after a session begins.
Wear comfortable clothing and bring a water bottle. Please consult with your physician before beginning any exercise program. Waiver required. "Anyone who can draw a breath can practice yoga."
Free Stronger Seniors Chair Exercise Program
The Stronger Seniors workout program is designed to help seniors develop strength and enhance the ability to function in daily life. The program helps to improve your ability to be stable and balanced to stay mobile, to go up and down stairs, to squat and pick something up, and to play with your grandchildren.
Beginners to experts, ladies and gentlemen, join us for some exercise! Stretch and Strength video programs. This is a Free class that is offered every Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and every Friday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Please consult with your physician before beginning any exercise program. Waiver required. Class is subject to schedule changes when necessary.
Line Dancing Instruction
A line dance is a choreographed dance with a repeated sequence of steps in which a group of people dance in one or more lines or rows, all facing either each other or the same direction, and executing the steps at the same time. Line Dancing is a unique form of exercise because it provides the heart-healthy benefits of an aerobic exercise while also allowing you to engage in a social activity. Of all the physical activities, dancing involves the most mental effort!
Make friends at the weekly Line Dance class and make exercising fun! You will learn: The Boot Scootin' Boogie, The Electric Slide, The Freeze, Personality, Chinese Checkers, Blurred Lines and more!
Classes are 1 hour on Thursday mornings from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Classes run January through March, April through June, July through September and October through December. Participants must register in advance of the first day of each session. The program fee is $20 for each session. No refunds after the first week of the class or for missed classes. Participants may join at any time during a session if the class is not filled, but the fee will not be prorated.