Octogenarian an inspiration in dance aerobics


March 13, 2001|By Debra Taylor Young | Debra Taylor Young,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

VASHTI ESBRANDT, OR "Ti" as she is known to friends, is an inspiration to others in her dance aerobics class.

Esbrandt recently celebrated her 83rd birthday and has been actively participating in dance aerobics classes for the past 23 years.

"She inspires all of us," says Kate Green, who also is enrolled in the class at Health and Fitness Center at Carrolltown Center.

Esbrandt and Green have taken classes together from certified instructor Jodie Reeves-Kable for the past 12 years. According to Green, many class members have been together for many years.

"Ti gives the younger participants the knowledge that fitness can be a life-long activity," Reeves-Kable says.

Reeves-Kable and Esbrandt believe the key to fitness is maintenance. "I've been doing dance aerobics for a long time," says Esbrandt. "That is why I can still do it."

The octogenarian has few physical limitations during class. Her only small complaints are a sore arm from a girlhood injury and an occasional loss of balance.

Esbrandt keeps up with the lively class, as they dance to high-energy Top 40 music. "The group enjoys having Ti involved. We all look up to her and feel that we want to be active and healthy all our lives, as well," says Reeves-Kable, who choreographs the dances.

The class, with other members of the fitness center, gave Esbrandt a birthday party last month, with balloons, cake, and gifts, including a certificate to the next eight-week session of aerobics.

Esbrandt credits her fitness interest to her late husband, Fred, who maintained his fitness regimen, even as he struggled with cancer for 17 years. "Fred was a jogger until his death at age 78," Esbrandt says. "We had 53 years together. We were very lucky, very fortunate, for what we had."

Although the two had separate exercise routines, they supported one another's efforts, Esbrandt says.

Esbrandt's two daughters, Pauline Sinclair and Judy Parrish, also of Carroll County, have been active in aerobics for many years.

Woodcarvers to meet

Carroll Carvers, an organization dedicated to the art of woodcarving, will meet from 7:15 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. today at Piney Run Nature Center, off Martz Road in Eldersburg.

The meetings are open to the public, and may feature a speaker.

Information: 410-795-6043.

Health fair

Lifebridge Medical Care Center on Georgetown Boulevard in Eldersburg is conducting a Health Fair beginning at 9 a.m. March 27.

Free blood pressure and breathing tests (to evaluate the risk of lung disease) will be offered. Also, colorectal kits will be offered for a home test.

No advance preparation is needed for the free screenings.

A blood profile will be available that day for $15, due at the time of the test.

Participants must fast for 12 hours before the profile. Results will be mailed within three weeks.

Pre-registration is required for the fair. Information: 410-601-9355.

Debra Taylor Young's Southeast neighborhood column appears each Tuesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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