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106-Years-Young Centenarian Meets With Q4 Active

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Active Seniors aged 64+  at Q4 Fitness met with educator and centenarian, Risa Igelfeld, age 106 years young, on what are the secrets to life’s longevity, what are words of wisdom to know and pass onto your families and how even simple life philosophies can add to quality and longevity. 

Igelfeld began her life on November 1, 1917, in Vienna, Austria. As a young woman she fled Austria in 1938 to escape Nazi persecution. Arriving in England, she worked as a nanny, where she discovered her lifelong passion of working with children. She soon became a nursery schoolteacher and went on to earn a degree in Early Childhood Education. In 1948, she wed Gershon Igelfeld, and in building their life together, had two children, David, and Ruthie. 

Igelfeld started teaching at the Hollywood Los Feliz JCC in the mid-1950s. She taught for four years before taking time off after her daughter’s birth. In 1963, she began teaching at Westside JCC and stayed for 40 years! Igelfeld loved teaching children: she never yelled, and her goal was always to build their self-esteem. More than that,  she saw the parents as her pupils too, helping them learn to respect their children as much as she did. WJCC became her home away from home, and she retired at the age of 84, but only because her then companion Ralph thought it was time for them to travel.

In addition to being a superb educator, Igelfeld is a musician and performer. She played the accordion and piano, and still sings in 17 different languages. She is fluent in English and German, and speaks some Yiddish, Hebrew, French and Spanish. She has spent her life learning and teaching in these languages, and also in the languages of love, respect, gratitude, and positivity.

Igelfeld shared her philosophy of life and the secret to reaching 106 with staff and members of Q4 Active.

““Ms. Risa Igelfeld is a true inspiration at 106 years of age. We were so lucky to have had her visit, and to wow our audience with what she believes are her ‘secrets’ to living a long, interesting, and healthy life. And, well, who was gonna argue with her? Not me! Her secrets: Optimism and gratitude. She also dances, sings in 17 different languages, and lifts two pound dumbbells every single day. Go Risa Go!” said Tony Berlant, co-founder of Q4.

Q4 Active is a fitness studio concept designed especially for adults to support their combined physical and brain performance. Founders Phil Swain and Berlant believe in building a stronger brain, so a healthier body can follow. They believe it’s never too late to reverse the effects of injuries, chronic health issues or to get ahead of health concerns. They also believe exercise does not need to be painful, a philosophy that is at the core of their programming and their experts who deliver it.

They are located at 6200 Variel on the ground floor of the Q Variel apartment building. They are currently offering a free one-week membership with unlimited classes.

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