The Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD) awards the Mary Ann Wilson Lifetime Achievement Award to an individual who has dedicated their life’s work to healthy aging, fall prevention, innovative ideas, and who is a leader among peers and consistently goes above and beyond to advance aging services to the community.
Brenda Jurich was awarded the Mary Ann Wilson Lifetime Achievement Award at the SRHD Fall Free Conference in Spokane.
Brenda began her career specializing in fitness for older adults over 30 years ago. She served as the Director of Health and Fitness for the Spokane YMCA from 1984- 2000. She moved to Rockwood Retirement Communities in 2001 where she currently serves as the Wellness Director at Rockwood South Hill.
Brenda’s commitment to healthy aging is unparalleled. She started the first YMCA older adult fitness class, “Hinges and Twinges,” in 1984. She was also involved in the opening of the new Spokane Valley YMCA in 2000. Brenda was a nationally certified YMCA trainer, and is currently a personal trainer and a Certified Medical Exercise Specialist with American Council on Exercise, and a trainer for the Washington State Stay Active and Independent for Life (SAIL) group exercise program. She has also taught “Special Consideration in Exercise for Older Adults” as adjunct faculty for Spokane Falls Community College.
Brenda has played an integral role in elevating the Rockwood Retirement Communities’ fitness program which achieved national recognition for the P.R.I.D.E. (Personal Rewards through Involvement, Dedication and Education) Program. Most recently, Brenda led the charge to update the P.R.I.D.E. Program to become LiveWell which is a company-wide program centered on holistic wellbeing. Brenda brings engaging and diverse fitness programs to Rockwood South Hill such as meditation, Tai Chi, yoga, strength training, cognition exercises, balance testing, dietary guidance and off-campus walks and hikes around the area.
Brenda’s commitment doesn’t stop with her work responsibilities. She is very engaged in the community and is critical in advancing healthy aging initiatives. Brenda is a member of the International Council on Active Aging, a past president of PED: Prevention, Education, and Development Programs for Successful Aging, and an original member of the Fall Free Coalition in eastern Washington. Brenda currently serves on the SAIL Advisory Committee with the Department of Health. She has presented at numerous conferences and written articles for local publications. Her article “Using the Small Ball” was featured in the September/October issue of International Journal on Active Aging in 2014. Brenda is a recognized expert not just locally but throughout the nation on the role of fitness in healthy aging.
Spokane United Methodist Homes, doing business as Rockwood Retirement Communities, is a not-for-profit corporation that has served Spokane seniors for over 54 years. It is dedicated to providing services and housing to older adults with a commitment to excellence in promoting independence, wellness and lifelong vitality. Rockwood Retirement Communities owns and operates Rockwood South Hill, Rockwood Hawthorne and Appleway Court. www.rockwoodretirement.org
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