Yoga & Brain Fitness - Saturdays - Public Welcome - Legacy Senior Living

Ageless Yoga with Annette Wertman from 10:00 am to 11:00 am and 11:15 am to 12:15 pm – $5.00 Drop-in Fee.   PERK Brain Fitness with Rosemary Moritz at 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm – $5.00 Drop-in Fee.


Legacy Senior Living is pleased to offer “Yoga with Chair” classes with Annette Wertman to the public every Saturday with 2 back to back classes: 10:00 am to 11:00 am and 11:15 am to 12:15pm.  Public – $5.00 Drop-in Fee per class.

Is the idea of trying yoga intimidating for you? Does the image of a lithe body standing steady on one foot with arms poised above the head appear improbable?   So why bother?

The good news is that yoga asanas (postures) can be adapted for older adults. Yoga is, truly ageless.   Annette Wertman, Certified Yoga Instructor and owner of Ageless Yoga explains the concept of “Yoga with Chair” and the benefits for older adults.

“The practice of “yoga” generally refers to physical exercises comprised of a variety of body postures (asanas) and breathing techniques (pranayama).   Together, these have become popular as a kind of low-impact physical exercise, and are increasingly used by older adults for various health purposes including relaxation; physical and mental fitness; illness prevention; and disease management.”

Yoga with Chair incorporates the benefits of traditional exercises with modifications using a chair as a prop. By providing extra stability, the chair makes yoga a safe and accessible exercise for older adults of all abilities,” states Annette.

Yoga is an ancient practice that embraces mind, body and soul.   The value of yoga is widely accepted today for its holistic benefits that can address age-related concerns such as stiff joints, poor flexibility, unsteady balance, isolation, and loneliness.

Annette added one of the less obvious benefits to her ‘Yoga with Chair’ classes – human touch.   Annette comments that she always tries to provide a gentle shoulder massage to each student during savasana (relaxation) pose.

“One of the most rewarding feelings is experiencing how the simple act of touch can be a powerful medium for unspoken communication; bringing comfort, support, caring, understanding and love.”

Walter Downey, General Manager for Legacy Senior Living adds, “Ageless Yoga is an integral part of Legacy Senior Living’s LiveSmart wellness program.   We are very pleased and fortunate to have Annette Wertman leading our Yoga programming. She not only brings 30 years of expertise to our residence as both a certified yoga instructor and recognized lecturer but she is also a caring and giving humanitarian who has a gift for inspiring people to their highest potential.”

“This program is a natural fit with our vision to provide an environment that promotes overall wellness and empowers each resident to live their best life at Legacy. We are pleased to extend the invitation to our community to experience the class for themselves, treat yourself to a delicious lunch in our dining room or Ash Street Bistro or enjoy a tour of our residence.”

For More Information on Ageless Yoga, Contact Us at 604.240.8550


IS EXERCISING OUR BRAIN AS IMPORTANT AS EXERCISING OUR BODIES? Join us every Saturday for PERK Brain Fitness with Founder & Instructor Rosemary Moritz from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm – Public $5.00 Drop in Fee.

Studies have shown that exercising our brains is as important as exercising our bodies, especially as we age.

Rosemary has a B.A. from the University of Southern California and an M.A. from California State Polytechnic University. She has studied acting at The Playhouse in Los Angeles, CA with the late Milton Katselas and performed in plays, television, and movies. The documentary, Power of Place, which she directed and produced, won the Apple Award for education at the Los Angeles Film Festival.

Rosemary recently appeared on CTV Morning Live’s Ask the Expert Segment as Legacy’s in-house brain fitness instructor to answer some questions on the subject of optimizing brain fitness.

Host:  Studies show that those who continue learning new things throughout life and challenging their brains are less like to develop Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia. When should we start thinking about this?

Rosemary: There is no cure for Alzheimer’s but we know that genetics only plays a part. Lifestyle choices- we mentioned earlier, diet, physical exercise, mental activities all may help in reducing the risk of cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s. Research shows that stress, anxiety and depression are detrimental for the brain. Doing meditation or as we call it in the PERK Activities class- our breathwork, can greatly reduce stress and anxiety.

A study from Harvard University, says that just 8 weeks of meditation can actually increase the brain’s gray matter. So all of these things; meditation, engaging socially, doing mentally stimulating activities, physical exercise and diet, all of this is great for your brain as you age. That it is not one thing that will improve brain health but a host of things- diet, exercise, mental stimulation and social interaction. They are all interconnected. Also, just like you cross train physically to work out your entire body, well you need to cross train your brain with lots of different activities- so the mental activities should be novel, challenging and a wide variety.

In PERK Activities we do activities that use the imagination and creativity, we do memory and concentration exercises, we do sensory work- using the senses to get off auto-pilot. Auto-pilot is going through your day and at the end of it not being present for any of it. What did you smell, what sounds did you hear, when you ate today did you really taste your food- if you didn’t then you were on auto-pilot. We get comfortable with the familiar but it is horrible for our brains. We need to see things with fresh eyes to be more alert, aware and awake.

Host: Some people might say “I’m too old or it’s too late” – What do you say to that?

Rosemary: It is never too late even if you are experiencing the start of cognitive impairment. Keeping your brain mentally stimulated can help slow the process of decline.  Also, social interaction is so important for psychological well-being. You think better if you are happy and feel more in control.

Host: You have developed this program called “Perk Activities”. How does this help seniors improve brain health?”

Rosemary: Breath work helps to centre our thoughts and awareness much like the focus on the breath in Yoga teachings.    Sensory work helps get us off the automatic pilot mode.   I might ask the class to recall details of what they remember during a walk outdoors…the smell of the flowers, the sounds of the birds, was it cloudy or sunny?

One of the most popular activities has been the acting/theatre scenes where I give them scene studies and they come back to class and act them out.  It provides great social interaction as well.

For more information of Perk Brain Fitness, Contact Us at 604.240.8550