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Charlotte Mott

Charlotte Mott, 98, pedals on a NuStep, a type of modified bike, while her exercise physiologist, Colin Farrell, watches. Mott has been working out with Farrell two days a week for nearly a year and continues to improve her mobility.

Charlotte Mott does a few things fast — speeding on the Northway, hitting the slot machines at the Saratoga Casino and Raceway and walking, for example.

She’d argue with you about the last one, though.

“It’s true, I used to walk fast. But I don’t anymore,” she said.

“I’d at least like to get to the point where I didn’t have to use this,” she said about her blinged-out bingo walker.

Mott is modest about other things, like being an ex-tennis champion and being in great shape for 98.

According to America’s Health Rankings Senior Report of 2017 by the United Health Foundation, New York is ranked the 21st state in the country for physical inactivity of adults 65 and older.

But Mott isn’t your average senior.

On Monday and Friday afternoons, she works out with her exercise physiologist, Colin Farrell, for about 40 minutes at the Glens Falls Hospital Rehabilitation and Wellness Center in Queensbury.

Of Farrell’s clients, she is arguably in the best shape for her age.

Farrell works with clients ranging from 35 to 86, and then there’s Mott.

“She’s a testament to exercise and not being sedentary,” Farrell said.

Biking and stepping, sit-to-stands, stairs, side leg-lifts, hamstring curls and other functional exercises are part of her routine.

“Since she’s been coming here, she can do almost 300 percent more than she could do at the beginning,” Farrell added.

On Monday afternoon, she was pedaling away on a machine with increased resistance.

“He always tricks me and turns up the resistance without me knowing!” Mott said.

Mott has always been an on-the-go type.

A former tennis champion, a bad skier, a worse ice-skater and a mother of six, she has kept moving over the years, she said.

She still drives, probably too fast, and lives independently at The Glen and Hiland Meadows in Queensbury. She continues her exercises at home, and walks 4 to 5 hours at a time when she goes to the casino with a girlfriend, she said.

But life slowed down eight years ago when she tripped on the edge of a carpet and fell, breaking her right shoulder.

“After my accident, my life stopped like that,” Mott said.

“It was stupid, but it happened and I have to live with it.”

Falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults, according to the National Council on Aging.

Every 11 seconds, an adult who is 65 or older is treated in the emergency room for a fall. Every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall. The risks of falling rise with age.

But after a few years of physical therapy at The Pines Rehabilitation Center in Glens Falls and a year with Farrell, Mott’s movements are more than fine.

“It’s true, I am able to do more than a lot of people my age,” she said.

Her advice for those getting older is to avoid falls.

Farrell’s advice is to do exactly what Mott does.

“She stays motivated and works hard. She knows the consequences of being sedentary ... She’s an example of why there’s no excuse you can’t work out,” Farrell said.

She has to stay in shape for one reason, Mott said: So she can keep playing the slot machines.

“I just love those slots!”

You can reach Callie Ginter at 742-3238 or Follow her on Twitter @ callieginter_ps



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