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Today, older adults are more health conscious than ever before. That is why; the YMCA offers water exercise, yoga, walking clubs stretching and toning classes, volunteer opportunities, and social events. Our Senior programs are designed for men and women in their 50s and older and promote fitness and well-being while fostering friendships and camaraderie. Our volunteer opportunities and social events help build lasting relationships and community ties that last a lifetime.
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:
Jenny Larson | Jenny.Larson@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!
Are you ready to party yourself into shape? Zumba® is an exhilarating, effective, easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired, calorie-burning class that’s moving millions of people toward joy and health.
When participants see a Zumba class in action, they can’t wait to give it a try. Zumba classes feature exotic rhythms set to high-energy Latin and international beats. Before participants know it, they’re getting fit and their energy levels are soaring! It’s easy to do, effective and totally exhilarating, often building a deep-rooted community among returning students.
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.
Are you a member 60 year or older that wants to provide ideas for social and educational programming to other members? Would you like to volunteer to help grow our program opportunities to those in our community? Join us for brainstorming sessions on the Second Wednesday of each month at 11:30am in the TownLake YMCA Conference Room. Bring your own bag lunch and ideas to share. For more information, contact Renee Deeter at Renee.Deeter@AustinYMCA.org.