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Active Older Adult Programs
Each YMCA of Austin branch offers different programming, so check the location nearest you for current information. Programs are open to members and non-members. Download the YMCA mobile app off iTunes or Google Play for schedules on the go!
At the YMCA we've made the health and fitness of our seniors a top priority by providing programs for the spirit, mind and body. Through group exercise classes and aquatic programs that concentrate on mobility and flexibility, dance classes, social events, and volunteer activities, the YMCA is bringing Seniors together for camaraderie, fellowship and fun. Most Seniors programs are free for Y members.
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Open to persons with early- to mid-stage Alzheimer’s and dementia, this once-a-week respite program is currently offered by the TownLake YMCA. Geared toward relatively active individuals, the YMCA Senior Retreat enables participants to enjoy aquatic fitness, dancing, crafts, restorative yoga, spinning, strengthening and stretching and more. Music is also incorporated into every “retreat” as well, be it a musical guest or just an informal sing-a-long.
The TownLake Senior Retreat meets every Friday from 11am-2pm. The fee is $10 per Friday, which includes lunch. YMCA membership is not required. During this time the caregivers will be able to run errands, exercise, meet with other caregivers, etc.
For more information and volunteer opportunities, see below:
Program and participant info:
Elizabeth Doss | Elizabeth.Doss@austinymca.org
Mashariki Cannon | firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteer at Senior Retreat:
Michie Reid | Michelle.Reid@AustinYMCA.org
Come on in, the water's fine! Adults looking to challenge themselves without stress on their joints or members who just enjoy the water can take advantage of our different water exercise classes. Instructors lead small groups through water aerobics, core strengthening and much more. Gain muscle conditioning and cardiovascular endurance from the aeorobic choreography and the resistance of the water. Ideal for all fitness levels & non-swimmers. Water Exercise classes are FREE for Y members!
The mission of building gardens into our branches is to educate and involve the community in learning about fresh produce, and to promote healthy and active lifestyles through reconnecting individuals to the food they eat and grow.
SilverSneakers® is a preventative exercise program that enhances the quality of life for mature adults across the country. One of the largest senior-focused exercise program in the United States, this partnership between HCD and HMOs allows Medicare-eligible members of these health plans to participate in YMCA programs at no additional cost.
Silver & Fit®
Silver & Fit® provides eligible members with no-cost or low-cost fitness memberships through arrangements with certain health care plans. Silver & Fit is designed to help seniors achieve better health through regular exercise and health education. Visit SilverandFit.com for more information.
Optum® Fitness Advantage is an easy way to keep your fitness routine fresh and fun. Get access to a variety of exercise classes, equipment and social activities. Optum Fitness Advantage is available at the Y for no additional cost to you as part of your healthcare plan.
Enhance®Fitness, an evidence-based group exercise program for older adults that uses simple, easy-to-learn movements that motivate individuals (particularly those with arthritis) to stay active throughout their life. Each class session includes cardiovascular, strength training, balance and flexibility exercises and the fostering of strong social relationships between participants. Enhance®Fitness is geared toward older adults with chronic conditions and limited mobilility. Participants can use chairs for support, if necessary, and increase the weight they use for strength training at their own pace.