Franklin County’s YMCA to hold Senior Wellness Week

  • Greenfield resident Bob Varnon does laps around the gymnasium at Franklin County’s YMCA in April. The Y will offer Senior Wellness Week next week. Staff File Photo/Paul Franz

  • Twins Patricia Lanfair of Turners Falls and Priscilla LaFonde of Greenfield participate in a seated weight class in the gymnasium at Franklin County’s YMCA in April. The Y will offer Senior Wellness Week next week. Staff File Photo/Paul Franz

Staff Writer
Published: 10/22/2021 2:54:44 PM

GREENFIELD — Franklin County’s YMCA on Main Street is celebrating area seniors with its free Senior Wellness Week.

Beginning Monday, the YMCA will be open and free to adults 60 years old and older for a week of workshops, classes and a nutritional luncheon.

“We usually do a big fair, but with COVID, we can’t,” explained Jayne Trosin, director of fitness and director of social responsibility.

In place of the fair — a day-long event that has been held annually for the past two decades — seniors will get to take part in free classes throughout the week. This includes a functional fitness class showing participants how to do exercises that mimic everyday activities such as reaching for a box of cereal, tying shoes or picking up a child, Trosin said.

Sara Hannon, director of communications, said the number of people over the age of 55 has increased every year over the past decade.

“Coming to the Y two, three, four days a week, they are making connections and friends where maybe they wouldn’t have before,” Hannon said. “Seniors, especially, need that contact.”

Also included as part of the week will be a free presentation on Wednesday at noon on cooking for one person. Trosin said that for many seniors who are widowed or living alone, “it can be difficult to cook for one person.”

The session will be led by Hannah O’Shei, a University of Massachusetts Amherst dietetic intern, who will share the best recipes for cooking for one person. Anyone interested in participating is asked to register in advance either at the Welcome Center or by calling 413-773-3646.

Representatives from LifePath will also be at the Y on Wednesday with information on how they can help each person find the best options for their unique needs.

The week will culminate with a birthday for area 90-year-olds, Trosin said. Those in the community who are 90 years and older are eligible for a free Y membership.

Monday

■9:30 a.m. to noon — Blood pressure checks

■10:30 a.m. to noon — Chair massage

■9:45 to 10:40 a.m. — EnhanceFitness (gym)

■11 to 11:55 a.m. — SilverSneakers (gym)

■11:05 to 11:45 a.m. — Balance & Stretch (Adams Room)

Tuesday

■9 to 10 a.m. — Yoga with Barbara (gym)

■11 to 11:45 a.m. — Functional Fitness Workshop (Training Zone)

Wednesday

■9:30 a.m. to noon — Blood pressure checks

■10:30 a.m. to noon — Chair massage

■9:45 to 10:40 a.m. — EnhanceFitness (gym)

■11 to 11:55 a.m. — SilverSneakers (gym)

■11:05 to 11:45 a.m. — Balance & Stretch (Adams Room)

■Noon to 1 p.m. — What’s For Dinner? Cooking for One (gym). Lunch (soup) will be provided.

Thursday

■10 to 10:55 a.m. — Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance (gym)

■11 to 11:45 a.m. — Functional Fitness Workshop (Training Zone)

Friday

■9:45 to 10:40 a.m. — EnhanceFitness (gym)

■11 to 11:55 a.m. — SilverSneakers (gym)

■11:05 to 11:45 a.m. — Balance & Stretch (Adams Room)

■11 a.m. to noon — 90-year-old Birthday Party

Reporter Mary Byrne can be reached at mbyrne@recorder.com or 413-930-4429. Twitter: @MaryEByrne.


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