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TYLER (KYTX) -- Dee Allen Saba suffered a stroke in 2006.  Shortly after finishing rehab, she began exercising three times a week and has been doing it ever since.

"I love seeing the people, being acquainted with them, talking to them.  It helps my therapy," Dee said.

Dee's caregiver said the exercise has raised Dee's spirits.

"She is very happy," Lessie Rainey said. "She always sees somebody she can go home and talk about."

Eighty-five-year-old Jo Hart-Orr walks three miles, three times a week.

"I am a fitness nut!" she said.

Jo started her walking exercise 30 years ago, and encourages people of all ages to get active.

"If you haven't started a program, start one now, because it's never too late," she said.

Exercise Specialist Cassie Evert agrees, but recommends talking to your doctor.

"Make sure it's safe to exercise first," Cassie said. "But after that, talk to an exercise specialist and see what's safe to do."

Cassie said working out can help with many health problems, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes.

Aquatics instructor Gay Tyra leads seniors through a low-intensity work-out designed to relieve pain and stiffness in joints.

"Water is easy on the joints and they're able to get a full range of motion," she said. "Just keep moving.

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