SCOTTSDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5 ) -- Many seniors are staying home during the coronavirus pandemic. But self-quarantine is not ideal for those wanting to stay active. The program "Eldergym" is looking to change that.

"In this environment of heightened germs and being out in public, it is a wonderful, wonderful thing for seniors to do," said Eldergym founder Doug Schrift.

They offer online interactive classes -- designed specifically for seniors. Many are taking advantage during a time when staying healthy is so important.

"If you are home alone, it is even harder for you to become motivated because everything is overwhelming, it is unknown. We have never in my lifetime experienced this," said Eldergym client Sandra Feaster.

But coronavirus isn't just impacting your typical workout routine. People battling addiction or in recovery are also struggling to adapt.

"Coronavirus and the social distancing thing has really created a big wedge for a lot of these people in being in contact and face-to-face with the people who are their primary support in recovery," said Michelle Sproule, Clinical Director at Scottsdale Recovery Center.

Recovery centers and programs across the Valley are shifting to group meetings and therapy online. Sproule said Alcoholics Anonymous is now offering meetings online through AA Intergroup. SMART Recovery is another virtual resource for people.

"Still opens up an opportunity that they can still get connected and understand that other people are also dealing with the same thing," said Sproule.

 

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