2015-02-27 / Front Page

Full of life



Among the 20-plus members of the Fit to Live program for seniors age 55 and up at the South Portland Community Center is 91-year old Curt Bixby, of Portland, upper left corner. "This program to me is the most important prescription that I have," he said. "Without it, I wouldn't still be here. It has been an enormous benefit to my health." Bixby, a World War II veteran, credits Fit to Live with enabling him to do maintain an active lifestyle, which includes retaining his driver's license. "If I just sat home on the couch, I would't be here," he said. According to Patty Medina, who leads the class, which meets three times per week, the average age of participants is 74. "But that doesn't mean they're just going through the motions," she said. "I have them doing things for hearth, balance, strength, coordination, that are tough for some 40 year olds." Medina said the class is somewhat unusual among senior fitness groups because of the number of male participants, although she notes women still hold a 20-1 majority. "That's why Curt likes to come, I think,” she joked. "The social interaction is important for anyone that age, and here he as 22 girlfriends." (Duke Harrington photo) Among the 20-plus members of the Fit to Live program for seniors age 55 and up at the South Portland Community Center is 91-year old Curt Bixby, of Portland, upper left corner. "This program to me is the most important prescription that I have," he said. "Without it, I wouldn't still be here. It has been an enormous benefit to my health." Bixby, a World War II veteran, credits Fit to Live with enabling him to do maintain an active lifestyle, which includes retaining his driver's license. "If I just sat home on the couch, I would't be here," he said. According to Patty Medina, who leads the class, which meets three times per week, the average age of participants is 74. "But that doesn't mean they're just going through the motions," she said. "I have them doing things for hearth, balance, strength, coordination, that are tough for some 40 year olds." Medina said the class is somewhat unusual among senior fitness groups because of the number of male participants, although she notes women still hold a 20-1 majority. "That's why Curt likes to come, I think,” she joked. "The social interaction is important for anyone that age, and here he as 22 girlfriends." (Duke Harrington photo)

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