YMCA is launching class for older adults

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AUBURN – The Auburn-Lewiston YMCA will launch a comprehensive older-adult fitness program that addresses the needs of the older adult (65+) population. The SilverSneakers Fitness Program offers an innovative blend of physical activity, healthy lifestyle and socially oriented programming that allows older adults to take greater control of their health.

The customized classes are designed for older adults who want to improve their strength, flexibility, balance and endurance. The award-winning SilverSneakers classes are taught by qualified instructors. All participants are assigned a specially trained senior adviser to introduce them to the program and monitor their progress.

There will be two SilverSneakers exercise classes each week from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays, beginning Tuesday, Feb. 6.

Enrollment in the SilverSneakers Fitness Program entitles the participant to full use of all other YMCA amenities, including the fitness center, exercise classes, gym, pool and all social and educational events.

Individuals who have Medicare insurance through eligible Humana plans can take part at no additional cost.

Doug McFarland, YMCA health and fitness director, said, “This is a chance to get fit, have fun, make new friends and take charge of your health. The participants will enjoy moving to music through a variety of low-impact 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. A chair is also used for seated or standing support.”

The SilverSneakers classes will be available for any YMCA member and participants need not be 65 or older. Classes are great for those who may not have exercised in a while, as well as people who may have been injured or are going through rehabilitation.

For more about the program or any other YMCA programs, stop by the facility at 62 Turner St., call 795-4095 or visit www.alymca.com.

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