- Last Updated on 12:17 PM 05/05/14
- BY The Gazette-Virginian
On May 14, the YMCA South Boston/Halifax County will host activities to recognize, celebrate and support older adults.
The YMCA’s special day highlights activities designed especially for members of the age group 55 and up, introducing them to the ways they can get involved in their local Y and their community, according to Suzanne Wallace, YMCA associate director.
There are 34.4 million people in the United States who are age 65 and older.
“Older Americans are a vital segment of society and play an important role in our families and communities,” said Wallace. “We encourage seniors of all fitness levels to explore YMCA older adult programs so they can get fit, stay fit and stay involved.”
YMCA older adult programs are supported by the U. S. Surgeon General’s report on Physical Activity and Health, which shows that older adults attain significant health benefits with a moderate amount of physical exercise.
Studies also indicate that older adults are seeking more than physical benefits when they begin an exercise program. They want to experience a sense of community and to develop and strengthen social ties.
“In response to this need, our YMCA has developed Active Older Adults Day offering seniors attending YMCA open house water aerobics, chair exercise, a covered dish lunch, health screenings, door prizes and a chance to win a senior membership for ages 62 and over,” Wallace said.
“The YMCA strives to create a year-round atmosphere of caring and support of older adults,” added Wallace. “Here at the Y, we are concerned not only with health and fitness, but with the overall well-being of all individuals.”
“Our YMCA’s Active Older Adults Day gives us an opportunity to showcase our range of programming for this particular group. We hope the community will stop by and see firsthand the variety of YMCA older adult programs offered throughout the entire year,” she said.