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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - June 8, 2015, Altoona, Pennsylvania Monday june 8,2015 local state Altoona Mirror a Page As who a behind the desk this week see sunday s business Section continued from Page Al healthy Steps in motions is an exercise program developed by the Pennsylvania department of aging in partnership with the University of California at Berkeley for adults 50 years of age and older with different fitness Levels a beginner intermediate and advanced. Him includes exercise routines and education about the benefits of exercise. Each participant receives a colourful Calendar style Booklet with directions and illustrations of exercises As Well As information about How to set goals and keep track of Progress. Participants learn How to reduce risks of falling learn new exercises to build strength especially in the lower body and increase flexibility to improve movement in order to be safer and work toward improved health according to the department of aging website. A we do chair exercises. We exercise every muscle in the body from top to Bottom. A lot of people who have physical therapy have done this for different parts of the body a Waite said. Waite a Tyrone native and 1936 graduate of Tyrone High school has always been Active. A walking was my thing. We she and two friends walked three Miles every morning. We would meet at 7 . And walk up to Reservoir Park and up around the school and Hospital. When i retired is when i really got into walking a said Waite who retired As a proofreader of the Huntingdon daily news. Waite said she has been fortunate to maintain Good health but recently had to give up driving because of Macular degeneration. Quot my husband died in 1968, and i have been responsible for myself Ever since. I would just get in the car and go. I done to know what i miss most driving or Reading. I was an avid Reader All of my life a Waite said. Staying Active has been the key to her Long life Waite said. Mary Wagner her neighbor and class participant Calls Waite an amazing lady. A she does no to let her age keep her from doing As much As possible. She is one of our leaders at the senior Center exercise class and seems to have More Energy than lots of us younger girls. She dresses so smartly her outfits always match from top to Bottom including her socks a Wagner said. A she leads a quite Active life going out to eat with a group the Waite file name Edith Waite age 96 position founder of exercise program at Northern Blair senior Center education 1936 graduate of Tyrone High school family son Robert nine grandchildren 23 great grandchildren four great great grandchildren husband Francis a a bunk Waite who died in 1968 daughters Patricia and Judith who died in 1992. Quote a a done to sit Down a if you do you wont be Able to get Back Mirror photo by . Cavrich Edith Waite participates in an exercise program for seniors at the Northern Blair senior Center in Tyrone. Waite 96, started the program in 2000. Of friends every single saturday. She is an inspiration to All of us who know Miriam Mcclain 86, who also helps run the class said everyone looks up to a she is extremely vivacious. She loves people. She is amazing. I Tell her she can walk circles around me. She just goes. She is an inspiration. She is extremely admired by everyone in the group. She is always there to get things started and moving. She is a very special person a Mcclain said. Waite encourages other seniors to join the class which usually has Between 24 and 30 participants. A we have people who come Here for lunch. I say Why done to you join us instead of just coming for lunch. It is a Low key program which is Good for older people a Waite said. Tina Fultz senior Center manager said Waite plays an important role at the Center. Quot she is Friendly and outgoing and has a very positive Outlook on life. She is very kind and very Good with new people. She makes them feel comfortable instantly. Without her we would have struggled. She is an excellent role Model. I done to know of another instructor who is 96. She is a Good role Model and inspiration to everybody a Fultz said. A she exemplifies what we Are trying to do Here stressing the importance of keeping Active later in life keeping your brain Sharp. She exemplifies our Mission of empowerment that the senior population is very Mirror staff writer Walt Frank is at 94&7407. Insurers asking regulators for rate increases by Marc Levy the associated press Harrisburg a National upswing of health insurance rates is coming to Pennsylvania and that could mean bigger than expected Cost increases next year for at least a couple Hundred thousand pennsylvanians who bought insurance in the marketplace created by the 2010 Federal health care Law. Last weeks deadline to file paperwork with the state department of insurance showed that some insurers Selling plans on the marketplace want rate increases of almost to percent a or Well above that a in one or More of their plans. At one end of the spectrum is an individual health plan offered by a subsidiary of Milwaukee based ass rant health that is seeking an average 61 percent rate increase. About 3,300 people Are covered by it now according to the company a filing. At the other end is a group of plans for both individuals and Small groups offered primarily by Harrisburg based capital Blue Cross. Rates in those plans would remain basically unchanged according to company filings. The department of insurance emphasized that it must approve any rate increase and that nothing is final. A a key thing we want to stress is these Are proposed rates Only so they May not be what the rates Are come the fall a said department spokesman Ron Ruman. A we have the authority to review them and we Are going to do that very carefully and our top priority is consumer Impact. That a important for folks to Antoinette Kraus executive director of the Pennsylvania healthcare Access network which works to help people get insured said proposed rate increases last year also came Down before they were finalized for 2015. One thing to consider she said is that if the rates go up so will the size of the tax credits. According to Federal Fig ures about 473,000 pennsylvanians enrolled in insurance plans for 2015 sold through the marketplace. Waite seniors perform chair exercises we Hove the solution for off your basement needs. 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