Programs for Active Older Adults
At the Y, active older adult members age 50 and up experience a strong sense of belonging and a network of friends who provide support for sustained health and well-being. Through fun, safe and engaging programs, activities and events, members increase their self-confidence and sense of achievement while building relationships and celebrating the success and milestones of others.
Learn more about our programs for active older adults below. Online registration is available for many classes, events, and trips.
The most critical time for recuperation is when a patient comes home from the hospital. At the Y, we provide the support, guidance, and resources needed to achieve greater health and well-being in spirit, mind and body. Our adaptive wellness programs include:
- Adaptive Aquatics
- Adaptive Wellness Recovery Cycle PWR! Moves
- Alzheimer's Wellness
- Brain Injury Wellness
- Multiple Sclerosis Wellness
- Parkinson's Wellness
- Stroke Wellness
LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a physical activity and well-being program that helps adult cancer survivors achieve their holistic health goals. The research-based program offers people affected by cancer a supportive environment to participate in physical and social activities focused on strengthening the whole person.
Diabetes Prevention and Management
The Y offers three evidence-based programs to help people prevent and manage type 2 diabetes:
- YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program
- Taking Control of Type 2
- The Minority Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP)
Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injury in people over age 60. The Y offers two evidence-based courses to help people reduce risk while increasing strength and balance:
- Moving for Better Balance uses the principles and movements of Tai Chi to help older adults increase their strength, improve their balance, and increase their confidence in doing everyday activities.
- A Matter of Balance is a free eight-week structured group intervention that emphasizes practical strategies to reduce fear of falling and increase activity levels.
Groups, Clubs, and Events
Our centers offer a variety of opportunities for physical fun and social interaction, including:
- Adult basketball
- Arts and humanities groups
- Book clubs
- Coffee clubs
- Cooking classes
- Caregiver support groups
- Hiking club
- Bridge club
- Workshops and seminars
Medicare Advantage Wellness Benefits
Each of these options provides a YMCA membership. Some Medicare Advantage plans require fees and annual enrollment. Contact your insurance broker for details. Learn more about Medicare Advantage plans at the Y.
Reaching and maintaining a healthier weight is important for your overall health and well-being. If you are significantly overweight, you have a greater risk of developing many diseases, including high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and some forms of cancer. For obese adults, even losing a few pounds or preventing further weight gain has health benefits. At the Y, we’re here to support your wellness journey so you can get to a healthier weight. Learn more about our nutrition programs.
Senior Fitness and Arthritis Management
The Y's Enhance®Fitness is a proven community-based senior fitness and arthritis management program geared toward older adults and those with a chronic condition, such as arthritis. It helps older adults become more active, energized and empowered for independent living. Regular participation reduces age-related functional decline and has been shown to reduce the incidence of disability in older adults who suffer from arthritis.
Volunteering is a great way to fight social isolation and stay connected to the community. Volunteer opportunities at the Y include clothing drives, food drives, Wellness MVP, and Togetherhood®. Explore volunteer opportunities.
Yoga for Osteoporosis Certification with Loren Fishman, MD, B.Phil., (oxon.)
Peer-reviewed research shows that yoga can help build bone density and reverse osteopenia and osteoporosis. Given the increasing aging population, teachers need solid, evidence-based training in order to effectively serve older adults. Graduates of this 40-hour training will be certified to teach Dr. Fishman's Method. You will learn how to prepare new students to practice safely, and how to adapt the 12 poses for any level of student. The training will include 20 hours of pre-requisite on-line material covering the science and yoga practices involved, plus 20 hours of in-person instruction in how to teach the poses.
*People who do not want to teach are also welcome in the course, and we have always had at least a few who not wish to take the exams, but just want to learn what we have to offer.
Date: Mar 28-31, 2019
Location: UNC Asheville Kellogg Center
For more information about programs for active older adults, please email Diane Saccone or call 828 575 2904.