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Zumba Is a Big Hit with Jersey City’s Seniors!

One of our most popular classes for seniors in Jersey City is Zumba, taught by Luisa “Cookie” Redondo. Cookie teaches Zumba at three senior sites in Jersey City: Grace Seniors three times per week and the Joseph Connors Center and Maureen Collier Center once a week. She averages 25 seniors per class at Connors and Maureen Collier and 50 seniors at each class at Grace Seniors.

Madeline Davis, a senior at Grace Seniors proclaimed, “When I began taking a Zumba class I came in limping and dragging. Cookie’s inspirational classes now have me walking and running and I lost 18 pounds by taking the Zumba classes. I now feel much more energetic and exuberant.”

Cookie emigrated to the Unites States from Puerto Rico in the 1950s and obtained her Zumba license in 2012. In 2015 she was honored at the Zumba Fitness Convention as the 2015 Zumba Gold Instructor of the Year. See a video of her in action HERE!

Jersey City offers a variety of weekly classes for seniors including Aerobics, Tai Chi, and Yoga and will start Dance Classes with an award-winning instructor in July, with instruction in Latin, African and ballroom dancing at both Maureen Collier and Joseph Connors Centers.

Our new Senior Walking Program will be starting in June, where Seniors will go on guided walking tours of various locations including Liberty State Park, Pershing Field, Hamilton Park, and Exchange Place. Seniors can choose where they want to walk, will be picked up at housing sites and/or senior centers and each walker will receive a box lunch and a pedometer.

Additional information about our Walking Program and New Dance classes will be available in our upcoming blogs.

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Jersey City Department of Health

The City of Jersey City takes pride in our senior residents, offering unique programming year-round. The Division of Senior Affairs is part of the Department of Health & Human Services, and coordinates senior meal delivery, senior fitness classes, shopping trips, free movie theater visits, and snow shoveling service. Senior Affairs also conducts constituent services for Jersey City's seniors.