Mature Adult Programs

BEST Protocol for Osteoporosis
This multi-week, proven protocol includes prevention, maintenance and the potential reversal of osteoporosis for men and women. The BEST program, designed by scientists at the University of Arizona, is the gold standard for improving bone health in post-menopausal clients with Osteopenia or Osteoporosis, as well as men experiencing bone loss. Read more here.

BEST Protocol for ALUMNI
Pick the six consecutive week block that works for your schedule! Three personalized workouts that will be programmed for you and available at The J’s Wellness Center on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. With this program, alumni of BEST Protocol for Osteoporosis will have the ability to workout on different days and times to fit your schedule! No refunds for missed workouts.

Elder Rehab
This class is a research-tested physical, mental and social stimulation program, developed by psychologist, Sharon Arkin. A senior, memory-impaired participant will be partnered with a U of A volunteer “personal trainer” who will supervise the participant in physical fitness workouts and engage in memory and language stimulation.  Please contact Dr. Sharon Arkin for an application at or 520.603.2912

Healthy Back-Rolling Program*
Do you suffer from lower back pain or stiffness? Are you recovering from a lower back injury or simply trying to prevent one? Join Colin Easom, certified orthopedic exercise specialist and personal trainer, for this gentle small group exercise program that focuses on lower back health and core stability. Suitable for all ages and abilities.
Four 30-minute weekly sessions, a template to work on your own 2 additional days a week at The J and email/phone support throughout the program. Four consecutive weeks of progressions focusing on core strength and lower back stability/mobility. Non-members may use The J Fitness Center at no additional fee 2 additional days a week to perform template exercises during the program.

Lindy Hop Swing Dance
Lindy Hop is a fun way to get exercise while learning the fundamentals of partner dancing. This class is dedicated to educating beginning dancers in both six and eight count swing rhythms. By the end of this six-week series you’ll be jump, jiving, and swinging out! No partner or experience required.

Each month explore a different mediation.  Experience the profound benefits of a regular meditation practice to increase happiness, slow aging, improve cardiovascular and immune systems, manage stress and anxiety, improve grey matter in the brain to improve concentration, clarity and acuity and find an overall sense of peace and ease.

PWR! Up for Parkinson’s Disease
This is a comprehensive neuroplasticity-principled program that integrates the latest research on Parkinson’s disease and rehabilitation, exercise and wellness. This type of research-based integrated exercise and wellness programming is necessary to counteract the inactivity, motor deterioration and symptoms of PD. This is a proactive program that allows you to optimize your brain change, brain repair and increase your desire to participate in everyday life.

Salsa- Dance Class
A Fun Way to Stay Fit! Learn beginning salsa through a progressive six-week series geared toward new dancers. Come alone or with a partner and be prepared to move!

Senior Shimmy Belly Dancing
Belly Dancing is a graceful and fun type of dance for people of all ages, shapes and sizes! Belly dance movements are low impact and flow with the body?s natural movements. Belly dance is an excellent form of aerobic and strengthening exercise. In this class you will do some light stretching, learn basic belly dance movements and shake your hips to some awesome traditional and non-traditional music!

Senior Swans with Ballet Tucson
Discover your “inner swan “in a ballet class geared for seniors! Gain flexibility, agility, coordination, stamina and grace as you explore the beauty of ballet. Ballet classes for seniors have been shown to keep the body nimble and improve overall posture and mobility. The structure of a ballet class with movement to music helps to increase mental stimulation and is a great way to stay physically active at any age. Most importantly you’ll have fun and enjoy the sense of well-being that dance can bring. Wear comfortable clothes. Lead by faculty from Ballet Tucson – Tucson’s Professional Ballet Company. No experience necessary

Yoga for Healthy and Happy Back
Do you have back pain? Neck pain? Scoliosis? Don’t worry you are not alone, there is something you can do about. Even if you have had neck or back surgery this class is for you. Come join Jaimie Perkunas DPT, E-RYT for this 6 class series that will give you an opportunity to learn how to decompress your spine.

*Rolling Programs-NEW
Our new Wellness Rolling Programs allow you to start your program any time and follow it through for several consecutive weeks.

Questions? Call Tucson J Health &Wellness 299-3000 ext 251