How We Help
Jennie Griggs founder of Aging Collective teaches a variety of classes focusing on the physical domain of senior well-being. Several of the classes are Evidence-Based Programs requiring reporting and attendance while others are supported by evidence but may not be called as such. All of the fitness and wellness programs she teaches are developed but not limited to serve the aging population.
Evidence-Based Programs (EBP) are based on intensive studies regarding the effects and the outcomes they have as interventions. Each of these programs has results providing consistent positive changes in significant health-related and functional capabilities such as balance and prevention of falls, chronic disease, and social/emotional well-being.
Geri-Fit represents the highest level of EBP (Evidence-Based Program) available recognized by the National Council on Aging (NCOA) and the Administration on Aging (AOA). The national program founded and led by Francesca Fisher, Master Trainer is a “progressive resistance” or body building program for seniors. The compelling work-out integrates stretching, range of motion, stability and balance exercises, cardiovascular activities and gait movements improving strength, cardiovascular health and mobility as well as improving fall prevention. This program is offered through licensed agreements held by organizations such as Resources for Seniors.
Jennie Griggs with her Geri-Fit class
Matter of Balance
Matter of Balance is one of the Falls Prevention programs listed by the National Council on Aging. It is an eight-week structured Evidence-Based class provided locally in Wake County NC through Resources for Seniors.
Falling is not a normal part of aging and this course helps participants view falls and their fears of falling in a controllable manner through this group intervention. Also discussed are course goals to increase activity, to change one’s environment to reduce the risk of falling factors, and to participate in strength and balance exercises.
Fit and Strong
This is an Evidence-Based physical activity/behavior change intervention eight-week program developed for older adults who experience lower extremity joint pain and stiffness related to osteoarthritis, also provided through Resources for Seniors. The class includes stretching, balance, aerobic and strengthening exercises and has successfully encouraged adherence with activity and lifestyle changes even after the class sessions ends.
Fit & Strong
Tai Chi class led by Jennie Griggs
Jennie has several certifications from the Tai Chi for Health Institute focusing on the aging population. Currently, she holds certifications in programs targeted to this population to include: Tai Chi for Arthritis 1 and 2, Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls Prevention, and seated Tai Chi for Arthritis. These programs were developed by Dr. Lam from Australia, and in 2013 the Centers for Disease Control and National Council on Aging began recommending the programs as a positive health intervention.
Tai Chi is recognized as one of the most effective activities for the health of mind and body as evidence supports the programs results improving strength, flexibility, overall fitness, immunity, pain relief and quality of life. Equally as important is that tai chi movements emphasize weight transference to improve balance and prevent falls.
Medical studies have shown that practicing this program reduces pain significantly, prevents falls for the elderly, and improves many aspects of health. The programs she teaches are Sun style. The style is used because of its healing components and Qigong improving relaxation and vitality while improving mobility and balance.
Jennie Griggs and Myra Jackson, two instructors have just completed another 8-week course with some very happy graduates!
Aerobics: IFTA certification (Interactive Fitness Trainer) Jennie focuses on low impact aerobics developed with modifications that can be geared to all ages focusing on those 55 and older.
Jennie is certified to teach the Zumba Gold version of a workout program developed by Colombian dancer and choreographer Alberto "Beto" Perez in the 90s. Everyone loves the vibrance of the Zumba dance and aerobic movements choreographed to energetic music. There are four core rhythms that are present in each class she teaches merengue, salsa, cumbia and reggaeton. Zumba Gold movements are created for active older adults or those looking for a lower-impact workout. Jennie teaches both Zumba Gold and a modified version for those confined to wheelchairs.