The Y is proud to offer a variety of Active Older Adults programs committed to helping seniors maintain a healthy lifestyle and strengthen social ties. Participants in the program enjoy group outings, health education seminars, group fitness classes, volunteer opportunities and events designed to promote mental agility, good health and independence. Basic daily exercise provides many health benefits and may decrease illness, chronic disease, fatigue and the risk of falling.
Senior Fitness Programs
Senior Fit – Cardio/Weights class 11:00-11:45AM
(A cardio and toning class designed for those “seasoned in life” to improve cardiovascular fitness, balance, and strength. Using Chairs for abdominal work.)
Yoga Basics 6:55pm
(This class will take you through a series of yoga poses with a focus on correct alignment and breath. All levels of experience are welcome.
Tai Chi 12:00pm
(Involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing. Benefits includes increased body awareness and mental calmness while improving balance and posture.
(Designed to bring people together to sweat it on. We take the “work” out of workout, by mixing low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning dance fitness party.
Senior Fit – HIIT 1:00-1:45PM
(A more challenging circuit training class that combines intervals of MAXIMUM effort followed by recovery. This class uses a variety of equipment for cardio and strength training.)
Tuesdays and Thursdays
Silver Sneakers class 11:00-11:45AM
(This class will focus on muscular strength, balance, coordination, and range of movement. Light hand weights, small rubber balls, resistance bands, and chairs will be used)
Wednesdays and Thursdays
Chair Yoga 12:00pm
(Gentle yoga class using a chair to make mobility easier for participants.)
Wednesdays and Fridays
Senior Fit – Cardio class 11:00-11:45AM
(Get up and go with a cardio class for you—safe, heart-healthy and gentle on the joints! This class was created to keep active older adults moving at an appropriate pace and increase endurance for activities of daily living.)
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
Joy Riders class Tuesdays at 11:00am, Wednesdays at 9:40am and Thursdays at 11:00am
(Designed for those seasoned in life and those new in cycle! This is a 30 to 45 minute interactive class. Please note: priority goes to those who are 50+ years of age.)
Line Dance class 10:30-11:00AM
(Fun and easy line dancing)
Restorative Yoga 3:15pm
(Focuses on calming the body in restful poses with the assistance of props for passive stretching. Great for all levels, and can help release stress and promote balance.
Branches of the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina will now offer Silver&Fit® memberships, available with participating insurance plans.
Health plans offer the Silver&Fit® Exercise and Healthy Aging Program to eligible Medicare Advantage/Supplement beneficiaries and group retirees. The program aims to improve quality of life. As a Silver&Fit member, you’ll get to work out more, meet new friends, and be more social. The Silver&Fit program is a product of American Specialty Health Fitness, Inc., a subsidiary of American Specialty Health Incorporated (ASH).
The YMCA of Northwest North Carolina also offers SilverSneakers® memberships, available with participating health plans. SilverSneakers is a preventative exercise program that enhances the quality of life for older adults across the country. Through the program, members gain access to customized SilverSneakers classes that improve strength, flexibility, balance and endurance.
Retirees and those eligible for Medicare can check with their Health Care provider to see if they qualify for a Silver&Fit® or SilverSneakers® membership, which provides a Y membership at no cost to the participant.
SilverSneakers® is a preventative exercise program that enhances the quality of life for older adults across the country. Retirees and those eligible for Medicare can check with their Health Care provider to see if they qualify for SilverSneakers®, which gives participant a free membership to the Y. Through the program, members gain access to customized SilverSneakers® classes that improve strength, flexibility, balance and endurance. This program combines health, wellness and fitness so seniors feel empowered and build friendships.
YMCA Training Volunteer Reading Tutors
Could you spend 3 hours each week helping an ADULT improve reading skills?
Training Sessions: Coming Soon
We will provide you with 10 hours of training, materials, and on-going support you as you meet twice each week with a learner. We assess all learners and match you with someone whose schedule and logistical preferences match yours. After you are matched you can meet at a YMCA, public library, or any other public location.
Our learners vary from 2nd grade – 9th grade reading levels. Many are working on specific goals like filling out job applications, working for a promotion at work, or learning to help children or grandchildren with homework. Most of our learners are in their 40s and 50s.
Please contact Ellen Gallimore at 336.727.9850 or firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out our tutor interest form.