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65 Alive Program

Since 1998, the Exercise and Sport Sciences Department at Manchester University has provided a strength and fitness program for adults 65 and over in the Brown Fitness Center located in the Physical Education and Recreation Center (PERC). Funding for the program has been provided through various grants provided by the Community Foundation of Wabash County and the Indiana Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.


  • Developing personal fitness workouts for community residents who are 65 or older.
  • Providing participants with a functional fitness assessment and appropriate feedback.
  • Training future educators in fitness assessment, exercise prescription and adapting fitness instruction for special populations.
  • Presenting public information regarding health, fitness and strength training to area residents through community organization presentations.


Participants meet M W F at 9 a.m. with a trained exercise specialist.

What participants have to say:

  • "I have a greater quality of life and am much stronger."
  • "The fitness center has revived my life and brought back strength I'd lost."
  • "I had never done anything like this before even though my doctor and family have encouraged me to exercise."
  • "I can't use my arms because of rheumatoid arthritis and you have a machine that gently exercises my arms."
  • "The fellowship is an encouragement and help to my personal discipline to exercise."

What MU students have to say:

  • "I never knew an older person could be so fit."
  • "I have made friends and I enjoy talking to the participants." "They really appreciate what I do for them."
  • "Since working with the 65 Alive program I have decided to get a minor in gerontology."

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