Boston Globe (10.12.11) - Thursday, October 13, 2011
The "Positive Aging/Lasting Strength" program is an exercise-
based initiative specifically geared to the 50-and-above HIV
population. Every Friday morning, PALS members gather at the
Boston Young Men's Christian Union Gym and Athletic Club on
Boylston Street to work out with a certified personal trainer
and trained volunteers.
Greg Cloutier, who has 28 years of personal training
experience and 10 years of experience at the Human Nutrition
Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, has run PALS
since AIDS Action Committee launched it. He provides clients
with instruction when they begin, but they quickly move to
The average number of attendees varies from 10 to 20, often
with fewer in the summer months, Cloutier said. The weekly
class allows members to share experiences and helps counter
isolation, he said. "It's a place where they can talk about
things they might not be able to talk about somewhere else."
In addition to the weekly class, PALS offers nutritional
consultations and follow-ups, weekly support groups, and a
monthly education forum, said program manager Emerson Miller.
"I don't know of any other programming that's specifically
dealing with the 50 and above population" in this way, he
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