Senior citizens hope their flash-mob in Albany shattered stereotypes

September 17, 2018 05:58 PM

ALBANY - "Flashdance" came to the state Capitol on Monday. It wasn't the 1980s movie starring Jennifer Beals. This was a flash-mob dance. It starred a cast of characters eager to shatter stereotypes - and encourage others like them to get their groove on.

"It is never too late to get active," noted Kerry Engle, the fitness director at Shaker Pointe Retirement Community in Watervliet.

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She and the gals decided to stage this flash dance - a variation on flash-mobs, to show other seniors there's more to staying active than walking in a mall.

"Exercise can be fun. It's not just boring, doing it on a treadmill and going over and over and over again. It can be a very fun thing," she pointed out.

"I love music, I love dancing, I love exercise, so here it is on a beautiful day. We can do it all," exclaimed Joanne Lauer.

She was just one of the participants sporting ear-to-ear grins for the big flash dance. She says it's important people get the message about keeping things moving.

"If you don't take care of what you've got, it's use it or lose it. So if everybody gets the message that no matter what age you are, you've got to keep on trying, that's what's important," noted Lauer.

"They don't need to just sit there. They can go to a gym. There's a bunch of gyms that they can go to and get active. We want to keep you as independent as possible for as long as possible," she assured.

The lunch crowd certainly seemed interested and appreciative -- using phones they were glued to before looking up to watch the mob to now snap a photo or two.

That was exciting for Lauer, who hopes they will now encourage their older relatives to get up and get going -- or even heed the advice themselves.

"It's a great thing to do. It keeps you active, it keeps your mind busy, it keeps you social. It's just a good thing, no matter what our age," surmised Lauer.

The flash dancers performed three numbers. They say the only thing they wanted to know at the end of it all was when they could come back and do it again.


Jerry Gretzinger

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