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Active Adults 55+ Program

Miami-Dade County Parks' Active Adults 55+ program kicked-off in September 2013, as a local effort to encourage older adults to improve their health and well-being by consistently staying physically and mentally active. The program engages the participation of the HFSF, local health care providers and government/social service in presenting health and wellness fairs at its various Active Adults 55+ program hubs on a monthly basis.

The fairs provide a variety of healthy-aging resource materials, free health screenings, exercise demonstrations and the opportunity to register for Miami-Dade County Parks' Active Adults 55+ recreational programming opportunities.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that older adults exercise at least 2 1/2 hours weekly. Regular exercise has been found to decrease the risk of developing chronic diseases, such as Type 2 Diabetes, osteoporosis and heart disease.

  • For more information call 786-372-9701.

Walk with Ease

A six-week self-guided walking program (developed by the Arthritis Foundation) with the objective of getting participants to start walking 30 minutes per day, three days per week. (Participants receive a Guide Book to chart their progress.  Upon completion of the program, participants will receive a free "Go Take A Hike" t-shirt.

Walk With Ease is offered at all Active Adults 55+ program hubs.

These parks have marked walking courses

Enhance Fitness Classes

Enhance Fitness exercise classes are designed to help older adults like you - not athletes - interested in improving their life through exercise.  Classes combine three key components of fitness:  Strength-Training, Flexibility and Cardio-Conditioning.

Each exercise was developed by experts in the field of physical therapy, in conjunction with agencies serving older adults.  The hour-long class (held three times a week) is led by an energetic, certified instructor.  Expect a casual atmosphere, individual attention and a fun and lively workout at a pace that works for you.

 Locations:

  • Arcola Lakes Park, 1301 NW 83 Street, Miami – 305-836-5095
  • Continental Park, 10000 SW 82 Avenue, Miami – 305-274-9666
  • Country Village Park, 6550 NW 188 Terrace, Miami – 305-622-2594
  • Deerwood Bonita Lakes, 14445 SW 122 Avenue, Miami – 305-234-1660
  • Goulds Park, 11350 SW 216 Street, Miami – 305-255-2399
  • Gwen Cherry Park, 7090 NW 22 Avenue, Miami – 305-694-4889
  • North Trail Park, 780 NW 127 Avenue, Miami – 305-207-2420
  • South Dade Park, 28151 SW 164 Avenue, Miami – 305-247-9453
  • Westwind Lakes Park, 6805 SW 152 Avenue, Miami – 305-388-4771 

Tai Chi Classes

Tai Chi ClassThe new classes are underway at North Trail, Westwind Lakes and Continental Parks and are being provided free of charge through the support of Miami-Dade County Parks and Active Adults 55+ partner Chen Medical. Classes are taught by certified Tai Chi instructors and space is limited.

 

 

The schedule and locations are as follows: 

Mondays, 11:00 a.m.  – 12:00 p.m.
North Trail Park Community Center, 780 NW 127 Ave., Miami
305-207-2420

Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m.  – 10:30 a.m.
Westwind Lakes Park Community Center, 6805 SW 152 Ave., Miami
305-388-4771

Fridays, 9:00 a.m.  – 10:00 a.m.
Continental Park Community Center - 10000 SW 82 Ave., Miami
305-274-9666

In addition, Miami-Dade County Parks Active Adults 55+ partner Baptist Health Systems has presented Tai Chi classes at Deerwood Bonita Lake Park Community Center, 14445 SW 122 Ave., Miami, since 2013. Classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.   For more information about Tai Chi classes at Deerwood Bonita Lakes Park, call 305-234-1660.

Self-Management Workshops

These evidence-based self-management workshops were developed by healthy aging researchers at Stanford University. Classes are taught by trained instructors provided by the Alliance for Aging.

''Living Healthy: Chronic Disease and Diabetes''
A six-week self-management workshop designed for individuals living with chronic disease. The group meets for two hours each week. Discussions include how to manage blood glucose (sugar) better, ways to deal with symptoms of diabetes, proper medication use and healthy eating. Classes are taught in both English and Spanish.

''Living Healthy: Matter of Balance''
An eight-week self-management workshop designed to reduce fear of falling and increase activity levels. The group meets for two hours each week.

More Activities to Enjoy!

Miami-Dade County Parks' Active Adults 55+ activities and classes will vary at each program hub. Some locations may also offer sewing, ceramics, adaptive aquatics, yoga, tennis, Snag Golf and visits to local attractions like Zoo Miami, Fruit & Spice Park and the Deering Estate at Cutler.

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