Y programs help seniors stay healthy

“There’s so much more to YMCA programs than is written out on paper."

The Kelowna Family Y offers many programs that enable local seniors to stay active.

The Kelowna Family Y offers many programs that enable local seniors to stay active.

Seniors in the Okanagan can access fitness assessments, take yoga and AquaFit classes, have breathing problems addressed, or work on their heart or hip health—all at the Kelowna Y.

For a lot of seniors, getting out and staying fit can be a challenge. And as seniors age, it becomes more and more important to get regular exercise in order to maintain mobility, muscle mass, and overall health.

That’s why the Kelowna Family YMCA offers a broad range of programs to help seniors stay in great shape.

“We’ve offered options for seniors pretty much since the day we opened our doors,” said Adriane Long, health promotion and active living director for the Kelowna YMCA.

“Getting seniors active is very much about quality of life. It helps seniors to keep their independence in the community, and it helps to manage mood and prevent chronic disease.”

Seniors who attend the YMCA can take programs like AquaFit, which uses the resistance of water to strengthen muscles and improve cardiac health.

Long notes that AquaFit is particularly popular among seniors.

There’s also Fit For Life, a program designed to improve balance and prevent falls.

Long notes that of the participants who regularly attend the program, none have suffered a fall since they started.

The YMCA also offers Healthy Hearts, a twice-weekly cardiac health program designed to improve heart health.

A similar program, Healthy Hips and Knees, is designed for seniors who just had or are about to have hip or knee replacement surgery.

The program focuses on improving strength and flexibility, increasing endurance, and preventing falls with better balance.

“We also offer a program called Breathe Well for people who have respiratory conditions,” said Long.

“Right now it’s an Interior Health funded program. A physiotherapist comes in one day a week to work with people who have COPD.”

With so many different programs available, seniors will have no trouble keeping fit at the Y.

All of the YMCA’s senior programs are paid for through its standard membership dues, which run at $37 per month for anyone over the age of 65.

Couples can sign up a second member on the same plan for $32 per month. For seniors on a limited budget, though, fitness memberships can be expensive.

“The YMCA is a charity organization, and we’d never turn away anyone who can’t pay. We offer an assisted membership program, so those who can’t afford to be a member can apply for an assisted membership where the YMCA covers their dues.”

Assisted membership applications are available at all YMCA locations, and assisted membership dues are calculated based on total household income and the number of people living in the house.

“There’s so much more to YMCA programs than is written out on paper. The members who have been coming here for years and years feel like they’re part of a family,” Long said.

 

Kelowna Capital News

Just Posted

With high temperatures forecasted for the week and into the next, Interior Health is offering some tips on how to keep yourself safe from heat-related illness. (Pixabay)
Interior Health offers safety tips as temperatures soar

“Too much heat can be harmful to your health.”

Central Okanagan Public Schools (File photo)
COVID-19 exposure identified at West Kelowna school

The site of the exposure has been identified as Shannon Lake Elementary School

A West Kelowna man was seriously injured in a single-vehicle collision early on Tuesday morning. (Black Press file photo)
Single vehicle collision seriously injures West Kelowna man

The man was driving a pickup truck that went off the road and caught on fire

(Pixabay photo)
Morning Start: Cheetahs can’t roar

Your morning start for Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Voix du Coeur is bringing music to seniors in retirement homes as restrictions slowly start to ease. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media)
Trio sings opera to Okanagan seniors as pandemic restrictions ease

Voix du Coeur travel around the Okanagan to bring the joy of music to seniors for free

Teenagers make their way to Truswell Road after a party is broken up by police at the end of Mission Creek (Lorraine Besner/Contributed).
Kelowna residents concerned about ongoing alleged underage beach parties

Public urination, property damage, drinking and drug usage have become weekly concerns

Penticton mayor John Vassilaki and Minister of Housing David Eby have been battling over the Victory Church shelter and BC Housing projects in the city. (File photos)
Penticton heads to court over homeless shelter as BC Housing audit begins

The city was not satisfied with the response from Minister David Eby regarding the ongoing situation

People enjoy the sun at Woodbine Beach on June 19, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin
BC Hydro assures customers it has ‘more than enough’ power to weather the heatwave

Despite an increase of pressure on the Western grid, blackouts are not expected like in some U.S. states

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Air Canada planes sit on the tarmac at Pearson International Airport during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Pilots say no reason to continue quarantines for vaccinated international travellers

Prime minister says Canada still trying to limit number of incoming tourists

Six United Way chapters around the province are merging into United Way B.C. (News Bulletin file photo)
6 United Way chapters merging around B.C.

Money raised in communities will stay in those communities, agency says

Val Litwin is the latest candidate to declare his bid for the B.C. Liberal leadership. (Litwin campaign video)
Political newcomer joins contest for B.C. Liberal leadership

Val Litwin a former B.C. Chamber of Commerce CEO

A new air cleaning technology will be installed at Unisus School in Summerland. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
Virus cleaning pilot set for Unisus School in Summerland

Summerland-based lighting company to install technology at private school

Golden Ears Mountains, captured in May 2021. (Black Press Media files)
2nd year of day passes required for entry into 5 provincial parks launches in B.C.

Pilot program seeks to protect the environment by addressing visitor surges amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Most Read