Just because we get older doesn’t mean we have to stop exercising. In fact, exercise has proven to promote mental agility in addition to longevity and good health. YMCA Buffalo Niagara offers a number of aquatic and fitness programs designed for the older adult:
SilverSneakers® I -
Muscular Strength and Range of Movement
Have fun and move to the music through a variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement, and activity for daily living skills. Hand held weights, elastic tubing with handles, and a ball are offered for resistance and a chair is used for seated and/or standing support.
SilverSneakers® II - Cardio Circuit
Combine fun with fitness to increase your cardiovascular and musclur endurance power with a standing circuit workout. Upper body strength work with hand held weights, elastic tubing with handles, and a ball is alternated with non-impact aerobic choreography. A chair is offered for support, stretching, and relaxation exercises.
Designed by the National Arthritis Foundation and the YMCA of the USA, this program provides exercises that increase flexibility and range of motion while decreasing pain and stiffness in joints.
For both swimmers and non-swimmers, Aquafit includes cardiovascular work and exercises to enhance muscle tone and flexibility.
Provides one hour of low-impact aerobics with one hour of recreational swim. Designed to improve flexibility and joint mobility. A great opportunity for social interaction!
William-Emslie Senior Center
Funded through the City of Buffalo Block Grant and Grant-In-Aid Programs, the William-Emslie Senior Center provides a vast array of services and programs for senior citizens. Members of the Senior Center enjoy fitness, swimming, sewing, arts and crafts, special events, travel programs and much more! The center also serves daily lunches provided by the Erie County Department of Senior Services Nutrition Program for the Elderly.
Program offerings vary by branch. For a complete menu of programs designed for older adults, contact the YMCA branch nearest you.