Health Topics

Find information on many health topics, listed A to Z.

Aging

A 65-year-old man has a 41 percent chance of living to age 85; for women, the likelihood is 53 percent (Society of Actuaries). A lot can happen in those 20 years, and there is a good quantity of information available to you about staying healthy and active across those years. Whether it’s you or a loved one in that time span, it’s best to stay informed about potential issues with aging and steps you can take to maintain your health.

August

Community Education
Red Wing, MN

This six-session weekly class on Wednesdays via Zoom allows you to adapt practices to make you comfortable in your body. The approach is therapeutic and emphasizes breath-focused movement to support the spine. The class is appropriate for people of all ages and abilities, including beginners.

Each session will include a check-in, movement and breathing practices, and a guided relaxation practice. Participants will learn tools to release tension, increase flexibility and core strength, improve posture and balance, and relax the mind and body.

Participants register for six sessions to be used within a nine-week period from Aug. 4 through Sept. 29. Michele Hoffman, a Mayo Clinic Health System yoga therapist, will teach the classes.

Call or email to register.

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