If you, or someone you know, is interested in enrolling in a Vitality program or would simply like to learn more, please call:

Carol Sames, PhD,
Vitality Program Director
315-464-9992 or
Upstate Connect 1-800-464-8668 (toll free).

Senior Fitness Program for people 50+

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Strength training helps offset the loss in muscle mass and strength typically associated with normal aging. Regular exercise for the senior population improves bone health, reduces risk of osteoporosis, improves balance, reduces the risk of falling and associated injuries and fractures, and increases flexibility and range of motion.

Traditionally, exercise for seniors has been relegated to rehabilitation services that occur after an event such as cardiac rehabilitation or orthopedic surgery. Many physicians encourage individuals to initiate physical activity programs but their time is limited for explanation and supervision of the program.

The Vitality Senior Fitness Program offers exercise programs that are individually developed based on the needs, limitations, the goals of the participants and in accordance with the medical director’s recommendations. The staff is knowledgeable in handling orthopedic, neuromuscular, cardiovascular or chronic disease conditions and can adjust the participant’s exercise program according to emerging needs and increased or decreased ability.

The senior fitness program is offered in conjunction with University Hospital’s OASIS program. OASIS offers adults 50 and older a wide variety of stimulating programs that encourage continued intellectual growth; the pursuit of active, healthy lifestyles and the sharing of knowledge and talents with others across the generations.

Future research will focus on the interaction between strength, balance, activities of daily living and quality of life in seniors.

Through this program, participants may exercise in the aquatics or land classes.

Future Programs

The Institute for Human Performance will be offering additional fitness programs through Vitality

Coming soon will be:

  • Cardiac Rehabilitation Fitness Program
  • Spinal Cord Injury Fitness Program
  • Stroke Fitness Program
  • Neuromuscular Disease Fitness Program
  • Individualized Fitness Assessments for specified groups