Zumba for Seniors: Refuse To Die With Your Music Still In You!

74yr old, Grandma Shellie,

The Zumba Gold Queen,

June, 2013

October 27, 2013

I am still inspired. I am still enthusiastic. I am still filled with passion. Why? Because of you, my beautiful Zumba seniors. I dance with thousands of elderly in Assisted Living facilities, Independent Living communities and Skilled Nursing Care per month . I am so blessed that the majority of my elderly Zumba Gold students are willing to participate, move some part of their body to the rhythm of the music. Many of them cannot use 2 arms or 2 legs. Some can only move a few fingers or a nod of a head. But I can see the light in their eyes that remembers how much they love music or how much they love to dance.

When I come into a facility, I go over to each person, hold their hands, look into their eyes and smile and say how happy I am that they are with me today. Some of them are so severely suffering from either physical, emotional or neurological issues, that they can’t even look at me. I ask them to look at me when I’m holding their hands, and they do. I have been told by so many that they are shocked that I can inspire so many elders to participate, often I have 50 people in a class moving, shaking or tapping to the music.

I buy my own belly dancing scarves in NY and with lots of love and hugs, I wrap each person with a  scarf that matches what they are wearing. I wrap them around their shoulders so the coins hang down in front of them. Something magical happens when they realize what they are wearing. It helps them feel alive, glamorous, sexy and in touch with present reality.

I will continue to teach #Zumba for Seniors as long as there are facilities taking care of them in the last stages of their lives and as long as Activity Directors remain open to the possibility that Zumba Gold classes bring joy and love to their residents/participants.

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January 27, 2011

The day we stop planning for our future, is the day we stop living says Joel Osteen, Minister of Lakewood Church in Houston, TX .

This morning, I was listening to one of his podcasts. Rev. Joel  goes on to say that when we’re not planning for our future, we’re just breathing. These words penetrated my soul when I realized that I stopped truly looking forward to my future. I stopped imagining. I stopped daydreaming and I stopped being excited about my life.  I could not make long term plans  5, 10 or 20yrs from now. It was too frightening. It seemed that I had nothing to look forward to and I was too afraid to acknowledge that.

It’s 2011 and I’m a 72yr old Grandma of 6 and Mother of 3. I’m a successful Health & Wellness Coach, Licensed Massage Therapist, Author, Speaker, Certified Reiki Practitioner and Licensed Zumba Fitness Instructor (Basic, Advanced, Gold, Aqua and ZumbAtomic). In 5yrs I’ll be 77; in 10yrs, 82; in 15yrs, 87 and in 20yrs, I’ll be 92yrs old. These facts took my breath away. These facts terrified me and interfered with my daily life.

I had an awakening around my 70th birthday, when I realized I was in the last quarter of my life. My thoughts depressed me for about 6 months. When others celebrated my 70th birthday, I didn’t really want to participate. Something was stirring deep within me. I could no longer fool myself into believing I was young. I was now a septuagenarian.

Many of my fears arose from seeing a majority of seniors, 76, 86 and 91+yrs old, who are not healthy, who have had many surgeries, whose minds are riddled with Alzheimer’s or dementia, who are in nursing homes, wheelchairs or using walkers.  My thoughts drifted towards the questions,   “Will I be healthy as I age? Will I be able to teach Zumba? Will I be able to  drive or….or……?”

I was not living. I was merely existing, just accepting what life was dealing me- as Joel Osteen said, ‘just breathing’. I allowed all the losses, discouragements and difficulties I had experienced,  to take away the spring in my step.

The good news is that I was living my life in the now, which is a good thing, moment by moment, hour by hour, day by day. The sad fact is that I was living with no hopes, dreams and aspirations for tomorrow.  Why? Because I when I was in my future 5yrs, 10yrs, 15yrs or 20yrs from now, I was too frightened to look.

June, 2012-

That period of reflection was very a very powerful chapter in my life . It’s passed and I passed through it with flying colors. I am very grateful that I experienced it. I am now more feisty than ever, more courageous, more adventurous and once again, I do believe I am ageless –  that I could do, be and have anything I want regardless of my age. I reached a point where I don’t care what others think of my choices. It’s my life and I have to follow the beat of my own drummer.

What helped me get through the short negative period, was searching for women, in their 80’s, 90’s and beyond, who had made a difference in their lives well past their 70’s. These women became my role models, my inspiration to keep on keepin’ on.

Yes, there would always be women, whose retirement years would be lived in a nursing home, in a wheel chair or with Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s, etc. And thankfully,  there would always be women like myself and Maya Angelou, Estee Lauder, Gloria Swanson, Grandma Moses, Kathryn Hepburn and more, who would continue to be vital, beautiful, creative, productive women in society, well into their 80s and 90s.

Once again, I believe I am unstoppable with an enormous future ahead of me, filled with fun, adventure, a great relationship with my soulmate and many accomplishments. I celebrate each day by doing something special for myself.  I don’t wait for a birthday to celebrate. Today is the most important day of my life and I try to appreciate that fact.

When we”re depressed, we tend to look at everything through negative lenses and we tend to wallow in  our  losses.

  • I was no longer married.
  • I’m not in a relationship today.
  • I have to work harder to maintain muscle tone and skin texture
  • I use reading glasses
  • I have a few more senior moments

My PERSPECTIVE on that today, is, SO WHAT!!

I could focus on the ‘what if’s’, ‘poor me’ or I can focus on the ‘wow’,  ‘what’s next’. I have to ask myself often, “Which thoughts feel better and which thoughts are more supportive?”

I am extremely grateful that I continue to be youthful and energetic, healthy, on no meds, no major surgery and no medical conditions.

I realize that my 70th birthday was an epiphany, a life changing event that I had to go through to reach the other end. The other wonderful end.

  • THE GOOD NEWS ABOUT  TELLING THE TRUTH TO YOURSELF  IS THAT YOU NOW HAVE THE OPTION TO CHANGE.
  • BEING SURROUNDED BY LIKE-MINDED PEOPLE WITH SIMILAR CONSCIOUSNESS SUPPORTS US IN RECOGNIZING WE HAVE A CHOICE AND WE CAN CHANGE
  • WE CAN’T CHANGE THE AGING PROCESS, BUT WE CAN CHANGE HOW WE PERCEIVE IT AND WHAT WE SAY IT MEANS.
  • TODAY IS THE DAY YOU CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE

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I currently reside in Port Jervis, NY and no longer teach  Zumba Gold Chair Classes in Your Facility: Assisted Living, Independent Living, Skilled Nursing Care, Adult Day Care. I am now available as a Health & Fitness Business Consultant.

INTERESTED IN CREATING YOUR OWN SUCCESSFUL HEALTH & FITNESS BUSINESS? 

DO YOU WANT TO SPECIALIZE IN THE SENIOR MARKET?

I AM AVAILABLE FOR COACHING BY PHONE, EMAIL AND/OR INTERNET 

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*People from all over the world have convinced me to help them duplicate my success in their own Health & Fitness business
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*I have taken on the role of HEALTH & FITNESS BUSINESS CONSULTANT  to help people become SUCCESSFUL in their own business, whether you’re a group fitness instructor, massage therapist, health coach or public speaker.
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*I have developed successful Health & Fitness businesses everywhere I’ve lived in the U.S. and became a very visible figure in a very short time
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*I am one of the most well-known seniors in the Health & Fitness industry coast-to-coast
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*I am no longer actively teaching Zumba Fitness classes and no longer a member of the ZIN (Zumba Instructor Network).
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*If you are interested in becoming a SUCCESSFUL fitness instructor, massage therapist, health coach or public speaker, part-time or full time, and want to become well-known in your field AND paid top dollar, I am available to coach you in that direction.
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*I coach YOU, by appointment only, by phone, email and/or internet and my fees are paid by Paypal.
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*Anyone can become certified or licensed (http://www.zumba.com) but not everyone can become WELL-KNOWN AND SUCCESSFUL in your own business.
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CALL ME

(9am-8pm,daylight savings time, NY)

FOR YOUR  FREE 10 minute CONSULTATION  

602-708-9018

Email: drshellie614@gmail.com

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