Guiding lights

84-year-old Frieda Atkinson of Stevensville demonstrates an exercise apparatus at the Pace Center in St. Joseph on Friday, July 18. After calculating the distance between lighthouses from the St. Joseph pier all the way up to the Straits of Mackinaw, seniors using the equipment may now gauge their fitness-program progress in terms of a grand tour of the state's Lake Michigan lighthouses.

ST. JOSEPH - For centuries, lighthouses have directed mariners toward safe harbors with their welcoming beams.

At the PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) Center in St. Joseph, participants are using lighthouses - including the historic St. Joseph beacons - as their guiding light toward better physical and mental health.