There are 32 muscles and 26 bones in each foot – as well as 7000 nerve endings!  And there are 34 muscles, at least 123 ligaments, and 29 bones in each hand. Most people in elder care facilities are there because they can’t use their feet or hands effectively for activities of daily living. After participating in Ageless Grace classes at her elder care facility, an 87-year-old lady said to her educator, “For the first time in years, I felt my feet!” Imagine the excitement of that!

Ageless Grace works by re-opening the neural pathways that were created from the time you were born until about the age of 21. You developed functional and cognitive skills through typical childhood games, sports, and activities that are now no longer practised as adults. The 21 tools of Ageless Grace re-open these pathways and – equally important – create new ones by practising functional movements we don’t already know how to do.

Practising, remembering and learning these simple skills allow positive results to come surprisingly quickly – much like remembering how to ride a bicycle after many years. These aspects of movement combine as the process of neuroplasticity (the ability of the brain and nervous system to change structurally and functionally) and are vital to active ageing and youthful function.

All ages and abilities can practice Ageless Grace. Educators never encourage anyone to try to extend past their own comfort level. Senior citizens, Baby boomers, young adults, and those with weight, joint, diabetes and other health challenges such as those in wheelchairs or other conditions can all benefit from these 21 tools. Ageless Grace also provides a great multigenerational program for grandparents, adult children and grandchildren to share.

And kids love it!  4Ever Fit 4 Kidz is also making a positive difference with our children!

Tragically, the CDC has said that this generation of children is the first that is not expected to outlive their parents because of poor health: obesity, diabetes, etc. born of poor habits, obsessive focus on computers instead of outdoor activity, etc. Poor funding of education has eliminated many of the PE classes that offered movement and activities for school youth. This national trend is partly responsible for the shocking statistics of our youth developing health challenges – including Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, joint pain, and emotional distress. And for various reasons, our students are having more difficulty sitting still and paying attention in their classrooms.

Imagine if each day teachers were able to lead 10 minutes of 4Ever Fit 4 Kidz exercises to their students! What a great investment of their time and energy to provide a more healthy and focused day to their students!  It’s a win/win. A no-brainer.

Ageless Grace is a profound body of work that provides amazing results in all ages, yet it is simple to learn, playful, easy to do, and FUN!  It very well may change the model of ageing in America and change the quality of function in your own future. And I don’t doubt that AG will change the model of ageing globally:  in the 8 years since its launch, there are over 2000 AG educators worldwide, from Australia to Canada to South Africa to Singapore to the United Kingdom and in every state in the U.S. as well as the District of Columbia.

Change your own ageing process so that you can age gracefully – physically and mentally. May we all age gracefully.