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Dedham TV working with NewBridge to produce show on aging well

Posted by Sarah Favot  July 13, 2011 11:00 AM

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Ilene Turock, 76, of Dedham, in the dining room at NewBridge on the Charles. Photo by Sarah Favot for boston.com.

NewBridge on the Charles resident Ilene Turock is using her planning and organizing skills as a former school superintendent and previous experience in television to produce a new show with Dedham TV. 

The new series, “AgeWise,” taps into the experts on staff at Hebrew Senior Life, which operates NewBridge on the Charles, to give viewers information on how to live well in their senior years. 

“The challenge is not to live to 100, but how you live to 100,” said Turock. 

Turock, originally from Brooklyn, N.Y., is the producer and host of the show. She is a former Greenfield Public Schools superintendent, taught college courses on leadership, planning, and audiovisual technology, and worked for NBC Studios in the 1950s after graduating from college. 

The program’s first episode is “Fearless Fitness,” which features Hebrew Senior Life director of fitness Ted Aransky giving advice on how important it is for seniors to exercise. 

During the episode, Turock said she interviews NewBridge residents about their exercise routines as they are exercising in the state-of-the-art fitness center at NewBridge.

Turock also said the episode includes a YouTube clip of Jane Fonda’s video aerobics tapes; she said everything that people of her generation know about exercise, they learned from Fonda. 

The second episode is about healthy eating and features a segment with a NewBridge resident who is a gourmet cook, and he puts together a meal of mussels, colored vegetables, and whole wheat pasta that he named “Lucille’s Mussel Shuffle,” after his wife. 

Part of the episode is filmed on location at Whole Foods in Dedham, where the Whole Foods produce manager talks about how to pick out the freshest vegetables, Turock said. 

Turock said the third episode, which is in the planning stages, would be about balance and safety for seniors, with tips on how to keep muscles strong and on home safety. 

Although the episodes feature staff members and residents at NewBridge, Turock said it is not only for NewBridge residents. She said she hopes other seniors in the community will tune in. “This was geared for all seniors, not just seniors living here,” she said. 

Dedham TV executive director Donna Greer said not only seniors will learn from the program, but also people in their early 50s, because everyone is aging.

“As we’re living longer, we want to live more vitally,” said Greer. “Our whole concept of aging is really changing. I think it’s really more about vitality.” 

Greer said the first episode on fitness will premiere next week on Dedham TV at 8:30 a.m., and the episode on healthy eating will air in August. 

Sarah Favot can be reached at sarah.yourtown@gmail.com.
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