Seniors get to try Y for free this week

The YMCA in Greenfield is offering free use of the YMCA — free exercise classes in the pool and group exercise room, special events and activities for those ages 50 and over — as part of Y Senior Week, through Friday.

Some of the special events include a celebration today, from 10 to 11 a.m., to recognize the 21 Y members who are age 90 and over. Tuesday and Thursday from 10 to 10:30 a.m., there will be a Tai Chi demo and on Wednesday, a potluck luncheon. At the luncheon, Dawn Dorsey, YMCA health and wellness director, will be discussing ways Y programs can keep seniors strong and flexible so they can live independently as long as possible. On Friday, from 9 a.m. to noon, the YMCA and Baystate Franklin Medical Center are teaming up to provide a Senior Health Fair and Functional Fitness Assessment for those ages 60 and over.

Jayne Trosin, YMCA fitness director said “On Friday, we will have a variety of screenings, fitness assessments, information stations and healing aspects for people to explore. Some of them include Poet’s Seat Health Care Center doing respiratory screenings, Avada Hearing Center doing hearing screenings, Griswold Home Care, Jan Caswell Communication Access, Loose Ends Dependable Service, Pine Heights at Brattleboro Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation as well as several stations by Baystate Franklin Medical Center.”

Dorsey added, “The Friday Health Fair will also include massage and Reiki trials, aroma therapy, oral and foot health info and blood pressure and bone density screenings. My exercise trainers will be on hand to administer the seven elements of the functional fitness assessment, which will include lower and upper body strength, aerobic endurance, lower and upper body flexibility, agility and balance. At the end of the assessment, Y staff will review each person’s results.”

Bob Sunderland, executive director stated, “More and more seniors are taking advantage of the many programs we offer so the Y board of directors has approved two senior membership discounts, one for those ages 65 to 79 and a larger (super senior) discount for those ages 80 to 89. All those ages 90 and over get a free lifetime membership. I hope all seniors stop by the Y and see what programs we offer. Our Y also has a generous sliding fee scale that can cover up to 70 percent of all membership and class fees, so money should not be a reason for someone not to get healthy.”

All Senior Week activities are free and open to the public. There will also be free coffee and snacks each day from 9 to 11 and $500 worth of door prizes will be given away. For more information, call Jayne Trosin at 773-3646 ext. 448.

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