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Active Older Adults
There's no age limit on good health and the Y is here to help you cultivate a healthy lifestyle at any age! The Y has fitness classes specifically designed for older adults. They give participants an opportunity to stay physically active or in some cases, to overcome their fear of exercise and begin being physically active.
Y Active Older Adult fitness programs accommodate a wide variety of interests and functional abilities of older adults. Active Older Adults programs include water exercise, yoga and stretching classes and walking clubs. Many of our YMCAs also offer socialization opportunities such as book club, bridge club and lunch club.
SilverSneakers® is an exercise program that enhances the quality of life for mature adults across the country. One of the largest senior-focused exercise programs in the United States, this partnership between HCD and HMOs allows Medicare-eligible members of these health plans to participate in Y programs at no additional cost.
In 2014, the YMCA of Greater St. Louis received a grant to start the EnhanceFitness Program in the St. Louis Community. Currently, the Edward Jones Family YMCA and the O’Fallon Family YMCA offer this program, which is proven to increase the physical, mental and social functioning of older adults – particularly those with arthritis.
Participants in EnhanceFitness will receive three, one-hour classes per week from certified Y staff that include proven aerobic, strength training, balance and flexibility exercises that are safe, effective and modifiable for a variety of fitness levels. Fitness assessments will be conducted every four months to track participants’ progress. In addition to physical benefits, the program will provide a fun, social atmosphere that fosters relationships between program participants.