Altoona, PA - Aetna
The Groove Fitness Studio – Altoona
After dedicating most of her life to taking care of her severely intellectually disabled daughter, Rita Yetsko was diagnosed with dementia in 2021 and her health steadily began to decline. After some coaxing from her daughters, she started attending Zumba classes at the Groove last year. One daughter says Rita’s transformation has “been nothing short of miraculous. She is back to the fun-loving, vibrant person” her daughters remember. Rita is now eager to go to class, even encouraging her daughter and other family members, to take her and stay to dance. Where Rita was declining mentally during the pandemic and after her diagnosis, now she has “blossomed and is a social butterfly, friends with everyone and a smile on her face.” Rita will be 88 this fall, and not slowing down anytime soon. She is an inspiration to anyone who tries to keep up with her on the dance floor.