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Rivermead resident keeps young by being active

  • Alice Foster, 85, of Peterborough participates in a Zumba class at Rivermead Lifecare Community in Peterborough on Friday.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

    Alice Foster, 85, of Peterborough participates in a Zumba class at Rivermead Lifecare Community in Peterborough on Friday.

    (Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

  • Alice Foster of Peterborough participates in a Zumba class at Rivermead Lifecare Community in Peterborough.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

    Alice Foster of Peterborough participates in a Zumba class at Rivermead Lifecare Community in Peterborough.

    (Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

  • Alice Foster of Peterborough participates in a Zumba class at Rivermead Lifecare Community in Peterborough.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

    Alice Foster of Peterborough participates in a Zumba class at Rivermead Lifecare Community in Peterborough.

    (Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

  • Alice Foster, 85, of Peterborough participates in a Zumba class at Rivermead Lifecare Community in Peterborough on Friday.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)
  • Alice Foster of Peterborough participates in a Zumba class at Rivermead Lifecare Community in Peterborough.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)
  • Alice Foster of Peterborough participates in a Zumba class at Rivermead Lifecare Community in Peterborough.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

PETERBOROUGH — At 85, Alice Foster of Peterborough is more active than many people a quarter of her age. Not only does she walk about a mile every day, but she is involved in a stretching and weight class three times a week, and once a week, she gets her cha-cha on in a Zumba class.

“I can’t imagine not being involved with aerobics,” Foster said following her Zumba class on Friday. “I don’t know where I would be without it.”

Foster was in fact the person that initiated the Zumba class at RiverMead Lifecare Community, where she makes her home. She started her relationship with aerobics in the 1970s, taking dance exercise classes at the YMCA in Keene, and keeping up with it ever since. Having been involved in aerobics for more than 40 years, when she moved to RiverMead, she approached the activity director and made sure Zumba was added to the work-out options being offered.

Foster has been lucky, she said, in that she hasn’t had any major health issues in her life, except some back pain and sciatica. The key, she said, is to stay active, keep a positive attitude, and keep people around you that assist in those two goals — designating friends to walk with every day, or attending regular classes.

“That’s a lot of it, being around people with the right attitude,” Foster said in an interview following a recent Zumba class. “In every way, try to be positive.”

The best advice, she said, is to keep moving. Whether it’s developing an exercise routine, or just walking around the block every day, the key to maintaining a young attitude is being active and interacting with other people.

“I don’t think of myself as being old. Of course I am,” she said with a laugh, “but many people here at RiverMead are older than I am and are still very active.”

— By Ashley Saari

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