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“I ask that you not say ‘I can’t do it, not at this age.’ On the contrary: ‘I will be able to do it.'”

After taking care of his elderly mother suffering from Alzheimer’s, Juan Martinez was drawn to dancing as a way of keeping fit both physically and mentally. Now he meets with other seniors once a week to teach them how to strut, swing and sway to better health—all while having fun.

Watch Juan + Consuelo teach danzon to help keep fellow seniors fit + engaged: Video from @FreeSpiritChi

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Free Spirit Media traveled to Casa Jalisco, a housing development for seniors in Melrose Park, where Juan and his beloved wife of 48 years Consuelo teach danzón, a traditional Cuban dance. Watch Juan and Consuelo’s story: