Monica Powers, owner of EQL Wellness, LLC, Enhancing Quality of Life and a certified fitness professional, teaches safe, fun & effective movement classes for the older adults at Sonoma Hills. She specializes in movement to music emphasizing motion, balance, and coordination in a fun environment where body and mind flourish. The weekly sessions are taught either in a seated, standing, or combination seated/standing format. All of the movements are to help residents in performing their daily activities. Monica starts each class with a warm-up, guides the residents through a medley of movement, and concludes with a cool down and balance exercises, always emphasizing good breathing techniques and posture. Currently, Monica teaches a gentle stretching and balance class and Zumba Gold®. It is never too late for seniors to start engaging in a regular exercise routine. The key is to find something you enjoy doing and start at a level that is easy to maintain.
Olga Kulikouskaya offers a weekly sing-along for the residents at Sonoma Hills. Singing has been known to strengthen the immune system, as proteins are produced that function as antibodies, developing a stronger diaphragm and overall circulation. Using your voice for music is also a natural antidepressant as it releases a feel-good brain chemical that makes you feel happy, lowering stress levels, decreasing levels of a stress hormone, improving mental alertness, and improving blood circulation, allowing more oxygen to reach the brain.