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Stayin’ alive: Quality of life for seniors depends on physical, mental fitness

Larry Newman couldn’t have imagined getting in a car to travel eight hours over the mountains in West Virginia to see his grandson in Ohio.

“I couldn’t sit in the car that long. We’d have to stop so I could get out and walk around a little bit,” said Newman, who was beset for years with back problems.

That was before Larry and his wife, Anna Lee, decided to do something to make their senior years more enjoyable. Regulars at the RMH Wellness Center, the Newmans work out three days a week, and now it’s no issue when they want to go see their grandson, Austin Brown, a star defensive tackle at Miami (Ohio).

“When the kids say, Let’s go, we go,” said Anna Lee, recounting the details of road trips to Ohio and to Gainesville to see Miami challenge Florida in its season opener.

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