YMCA, Baystate Franklin to offer Senior Health Fair

  • The YMCA and Baystate Franklin Medical Center are teaming up to offer a Senior Health Fair on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Staff File Photo

Staff Report
Published: 10/21/2019 5:35:18 PM

GREENFIELD — The YMCA and Baystate Franklin Medical Center are teaming up to offer a Senior Health Fair on Wednesday.

The event will be held at the YMCA from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Interested participants can register for free at the Welcome Center or by calling 413-773-3646, ext. 0.

YMCA exercise trainers will conduct functional fitness assessments that include: upper and lower body strength, upper and lower body flexibility, aerobic endurance and balance. According to a YMCA press release, these assessments take about 30 minutes. All scores will be compared to national averages.

The trainers will also discuss how each participant can improve in each of the six areas. Time slots are provided for participants to speak with a nutritionist.

“The YMCA has been offering senior fitness assessments for many years,” said Jayne Trosin, the YMCA’s fitness and social responsibility director. “This year, partnering with BFMC and the many product and service vendors who will be present makes this an awesome event.”

“Quite often, feeling ‘old’ is more the result of a lack of exercise rather than age,” said YMCA CEO Grady Vigneau. “We find many seniors are joining their Y to maintain or improve their strength and endurance, enabling them to happily live independently.”

In addition to the fitness assessments, attendees can have their blood pressure checked, take advantage of balance, respiratory and hearing tests, and enjoy a chair massage.

At noon, Baystate Franklin and the Y will provide a light lunch. Physical therapist Liz Milner of Baystate Rehabilitation will present a talk entitled “FALLS: Staying on your Feet.” Also, professionals from Walgreens in Greenfield will be on site to administer flu shots (bring your insurance card to receive one).

For more information, visit ymcaingreenfield.org.

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