James Creasey's life changed in October of 2007. That's when he received the devastating news that his 84-year-old dad, Maxwell, had suffered a stroke that would eventually lead to vascular dementia. Maxwell had been an intelligent and capable businessman, but the dementia soon took his memory and, over time, his ability to speak and communicate. Then something remarkable happened. One day, James invited his father to play a game of croquet. The two shot their way across a cliff-side course, surrounded by views of the English countryside. James wasn't looking at the scenery, because he couldn't take his eyes off of his father. He was playing the game with a newfound vigor and happiness. At long last, the two had reconnected.
Through this experience, James Creasey discovered a wonderful secret. It wasn't the type of secret he was going to keep to himself, though. Along with his brother Andrew, James partnered with the Alzheimer's Association Colorado Chapter and the Denver Croquet Club to open Jiminy Wicket. The organization uses croquet as a way to encourage mental, physical, and social well-being in people with dementia, and it gives family members a new way to connect with their loved ones. Participants play a modified version of the game, known as Facilitated Croquet, which allows people of different ages, physical builds, and mental abilities to play side by side. Jiminy Wicket also works to raise funds and awareness for dementia research.
One of the growing trends in fitness is the kettlebell, a weighted ball with iron handles that works best with ballistic workouts, providing a different kind of bodybuilding from barbells and other free weights. Colorado Kettlebell Club uses this beneficial tool as a part of its regular fitness regime. Kettlebell endurance classes help participants to build muscle, boost metabolism, develop the core, and even encourage bone densification. In addition to kettlebell lifting, the certified instructors at this spacious, functional gym also implement barbells, TRX, cardio, and calisthenics in many of their classes. Members find all the equipment they need to burn fat and build muscle quickly, as well as the motivation to focus on their goals through intense group classes and personal training.
Every performer has a different goal. Recognizing this, the teaching staff at Academy of the Arts-Denver (each a professional in his or her respective field) designs all of their lesson plans around their students' individual goals. These highly personalized plans shape the approach to the school's age-specific, professional and recreational group acting and vocal classes. The teaching staff also uses their 75 years of accumulated experience to focus on talent development, whether students want to break into the business, or perform for the joy of it. Private lessons help build proficiency in guitar, bass, drums, and music production. Though lessons focus on specific technical training, the teachers encourage creative experimentation no matter the genre. Former students have established careers in TV, Broadway, Film, and Music. As they learn, Academy of the Arts-Denver's students are also encouraged to take part in rehearsals and performances.
Tennis players of all skills and sizes blast neon orbs over the nets year-round on JCC Tennis Center’s array of eight courts, including four indoor hard courts, two lighted outdoor Classic Clay courts, and two outdoor post-tension hard courts. Adult and junior players can hone their forehands and backhands during lessons with the club’s team of tennis professionals, then show off their skills during singles and doubles leagues and tournaments. After a lengthy match or rigorous drill session, players can retire to the locker room and lounge area to reenergize by smelling freshly opened tubes of tennis balls.
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