Lola Jaramillo’s elderly students are huddled in their homes, following orders to protect themselves from the new coronavirus, which hits older people especially hardBy FEDERICA NARANCIO Associated PressApril 6, 2020, 2:42 PM3 min readWASHINGTON — Dance instructor Lola Jaramillo switches the radio to an uplifting salsa song. “My students love this one,” says Jaramillo, dancing to the rhythm of “Life is a Carnival” and encouraging her class to follow her steps. But her students — mostly older Hispanics — are not around. Instead, a video camera records her in an empty room. Her elderly students are huddled in their homes, following orders to protect themselves from the new coronavirus, which hits older people especially hard. And in their homes, they can dance along with Jaramillo, getting the exercise that is so important to maintaining their health and mobility. The dance lesson was shared on the social media accounts of a nonprofit senior center in Washington that has been serving the capital’s older Hispanic community for over 50 years. Since mid-March, Vida Senior Center has recorded the exercise classes, most of which are taught in Spanish. The effort aims to keep older adults engaged during the pandemic with a touch of


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