Meet Mr. J. At 94 years old Mr. J is no stranger to hard work, he always had 2 jobs before he retired.

He was very active up until he had a stroke at 89, he worked hard in physical therapy and recovered well, but his family noticed a slow decline in the years following.

Then Mr. J had a devastating fall, including a brain bleed. Once again Mr. J worked hard, but his family didn’t want him to decline after therapy, so they hired Agewell Senior Fitness to keep him strong. He worked on balance and strengthening and was doing great.

Then COVID hit, Mr. J had another fall that resulted in back and leg pain. He worked hard in home care PT and when allowed by the state we at Agewell Senior Fitness began his training routine again.

However Mr. J’s leg pain was really hindering his walking. So we recommended Mr J see Bernadette ‘Marsiglia’ Schwai with Thrive Physical Therapy (Www.thriveptw.com) after he was discharged from home therapy. Using her expert manual Physical Therapy skills Bernadette was able to significantly reduce Mr. J’s pain.
We are happy to report that for the first time in years Mr. J’s back doesn’t hurt in the morning and his walking is greatly improved!

How did this happen? Teamwork!!!
At Agewell Senior Fitness we not only work with our clients to improve balance and mobility but we refer them to our network of expert professionals in the community.

Other success stories

“In January of 2017 I had rotator cuff surgery on my right shoulder after 6 months of physical therapy to attempt to avoid the surgery, it was not successful. I had the surgery and completed 6 more months of physical therapy. While I continued with my at home exercises, I did regain mobility, limited strength but was still in pain.

I started physical therapy again in January of 2019 for 6 months for my knee and then my shoulder. Same results, even though I did complete all of my home exercises. I have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis in my knee, neck and back. At this point I realized that I needed someone to work on my entire body, not parts in isolation. I did some research and found Age Well Fitness in October of 2019. I had my first consultation in late October and have continued to see Bernie twice weekly since then. I have seen so much improvement in the 3 months I have been working with her. I can once again sleep on my right shoulder, something I haven’t been able to do since 2016! My strength has improved in my arm and shoulders. My knee pain has subsided greatly.

Bernie comes each time with a plan for the day already in place, but based on my reports of how I am feeling, immediately will make changes to meet my individual needs of the day.

I could go on and on about how knowledgeable she is in her field and how much she has helped me, but I would be remiss if I didn’t also mention how great of a person she is. She is positive, upbeat and makes working with her a joy while I am pushing myself with her encouragement.”


“Katrina is one of the most highly skilled PTAs I have had the pleasure to work with and an outstanding clinician. I trust her implicitly with my medically complex, frail, and neurological patients, and confident she can create a fitness program safely for them. Her enthusiasm, sunny disposition, and passion for her patients is reflected in treatment she provides. Katrina gently guides and motivates patients to achieve their goals, and knows how to get them there safely. As a PT with over 30 years’ experience working with the complex medical and neurological patients, it is extremely rare to find a fitness trainer who possesses the skill needed to work this population (and that I would feel comfortable to suggest). It’s even more rare to find one who has the compassion and love in what they do. Katrina is that rare find!!”

-Jay Berger, PT, CDS

“Katrina’s enthusiasm for her job is contagious. She is knowledgeable, trustworthy and very encouraging. My training sessions with her are a bright spot in my week.”


“I have used this trainer for about six months. She took me from sitting in a recliner (including sleeping in it) for over two years and using a wheelchair around the house to walking unassisted in the house and only using a walking stick when I go out. She is very patient, competent and confident. She will not hurt you. She will challenge you to gradually regain strength and balance. I was very fortunate to find her”


“After spinal cord surgery almost three years ago, I went to Physical Therapy for 10 months. Katrina has taken me further in the three months I’ve worked with her than all that PT. She plans your work out specifically to address your particular needs. She watches each move intently to ensure proper form and is upbeat and encouraging. So happy I found her”


“Katrina is a true professional and has quickly become a part of our family. She is working with my 93 year old dad who was in fantastic health until a stroke and recent fall. He made good progress with a visiting physical therapist, but we were looking to continue that progress when that part of his rehabilitation was complete. We learned about Katrina, who has been working with my dad twice per week. We have seen an improvement in his flexibility, balance and strength. She has gotten the whole family involved in his personal training, including his grandchildren who do exercises with him on the days Katrina doesn’t visit. She is motivating, compassionate, creative and truly supportive in her care.”


I began working with Agewell Senior Fitness back in the middle of Covid in 2020 and it was nothing short of a great experience. The organization and Katrina are professional, responsive, helpful, and friendly. My trainer, Chelsea, was EXCELLENT and I couldn’t have had a better person to work with. Her expertise and skill as a trainer was apparent for the very first session, and continued throughout the almost year she was my trainer. As a note, it was 100% remote/virtual training via Zoom…and though face-to-face would have been the ultimate, that was not possible (distance and Covid). Chelsea did a great job of adapting to the virtual world to work with me and it was more than I could have asked for — and she had never done virtual before!


Prior to working with Chelsea, I had spend several years of becoming way out of shape and not as healthy as I needed to be. She assessed my skill levels, my needs, and where we both thought I should be and what to work towards. She has a great way of working with people and is able to push to do better while making it fun and “lighthearted”… a great combination in my book. I had specific goals and levels of “healthy” I wanted to get to…I will say that without Agewell Senior Fitness and without Chelsea as my trainer, I would not have met those goals…and would not have been able to physically handle the activities I am planning. Many thanks to Katrina and Chelsea — I cannot recommend them enough!


I started working with a trainer from Age Well Senior Fitness just a few weeks ago and am already feeling stronger, more stable, and more confident. My trainer is prompt, thoughtful, and keeps my activities varied. He doesn’t hesitate to change something to suit my level of fitness and other limitations. If I feel this much better in just a few weeks, I can’t wait to see the results in a few months. Best thing I ever did for myself.

-Sue DeGraba

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