The Silver Deal scheme, thought to be the only one of its kind in Scotland, provides free exercise classes for the over-60s across Glasgow.
Coaches say the take-up for the scheme, which is funded by Glasgow Housing Association, has exceeded all expectations since it was launched five years ago, with 60 classes now running across the city.
Research shows exercise slows the physiological decline with benefits for joints, ligaments and cognitive functions and can delay the onset of osteoporosis.
Coaches say elderly participants also benefit from the companionship of the classes, which include many members who have lost spouses.
Jean Revie, who will be 94 in September, is the oldest member of the Carntyne class in the East End, one of the biggest in the city with around 30 members.
She said: “It’s good because it gets my arms going and I enjoy the company.
“When I was young I went to all the dances at the Locarno and the Palais in Dennistoun.
“I danced up until about two years ago but I can’t do it any more. I’ve had angina and a bad hip for about 20 years.”
Jean Hamilton, 91, said: “It keeps me on my feet. The exercises are good for me and we have a laugh together.”
George Smith, 77, one of only two men in the class, said: “It loosens the limbs and it’s something you wouldn’t think of doing on your own. I don’t understand why more men don’t do it.”
Neil Haig, Silver Deal coach said a lot of the exercises are about improving reaction times and motor skills.
He added: “A lot of members tell me they want to improve their fitness, to have enough energy to play with grandchildren.
“It’s also about getting elderly people out and about. It enriches their lives.
“We are trying to encourage more men to join the classes.”
Glasgow Life hopes to expand the classes to other areas of the city if more funding becomes available.
A mass tea dance is being held in Glasgow on August 20 for members of the classes, which are funded by Glasgow Housing Association, Glasgow Sport and East Community Health & Care Partnership.
Dance tasters at the event at the Bridge in Easterhouse, will include Salsa, Boogie Woogie, Latin American and Social Sequence Dancing.
The Evening Times is also staging a mass tea dance on September 12 in George Square as part of our Glas-goals campaign. The event aims to be the world’s biggest tea dance.
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