The YMCA of Okanagan wants to ensure that local seniors have access to resources and programs that will help them maintain their independence and health. In order to do so, they are offering free health assessments to the community approximately three times a year.
“We want to make it easier for seniors to be active and social,” says fitness manager Kelley Taylor. “These health assessments give seniors a starting point to base their exercise routines, introduce them to our supportive Y community, and give them information on programs and services that can help them reach their goals.”
Marnie and David Boulter regularly attend these assessments. “I think they are great because they tell us how we have improved,” says Marnie. “I have osteoporosis and need to stay active to build healthier bones and David is recovering from hip surgery and a heart attack so he really needs to maintain a healthy lifestyle.”
Both Marnie and David hope to be able to engage in activities they love, like golf, for as long as they can, but, in order to do so, they need to maintain their overall physical health.
Each health assessment takes approximately 45 minutes and includes a series of tests to assess blood pressure, cardiovascular endurance, blood glucose levels, flexibility, strength, agility and more. Last Seniors Health Assessment supported 124 individuals.
The next assessment will take place at the Kelowna Family Y at 375 Hartman Road on Wednesday, June 17, with appointments beginning at 8 a.m. and the last appointment being scheduled for noon. Registration is required and space is limited. To reserve your spot call 250-491-9622.
Learn more about YMCA seniors programs at ymcaokanagan.ca.