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Seniors shape up at YMCA

Seniors can always find seasonal activities at the YMCA and they are not all sweaty workouts. Some are simply health enhancing screenings and many are educational programs.
The third annual Senior Health Fair will be from 9 – 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 10 and is in partnership with Lincoln Medical Center.
The fair will have a lipid panel for $8, blood sugar screening for $3 and prostate screening for $15. Do not eat or drink anything after midnight. A healthy breakfast will be served in the wellness center.
Guest speakers will talk about nutrient and serving sizes; breast cancer awareness; and physical and optimal therapy dealing with limited mobility and homes, muscle loss, and strength training. A free continental breakfast will be served.
Information willl also be provided about hair and make-up. There will even be a chiropractor participating.
The event is free to both members and non-members. Small prizes will be given.

The following is a brief list of classes for members:
· Water aerobic sessions start at 11:15 on Monday and 10:15 Tuesday and Thursday. It is designed to increase mobil­ity and maintain joint flexibility. It is taught by Jenny Drennen, a certified as an Arthritis Foundation water aerobics teacher and is ap­proved through the Arthritis Foundation.
· The Silver Fins Club offers swimming programs for active older adults. Participants enjoy water exercise, social events and each other’s friendship.
· The Brunch Bunch is a water class that meets at 10 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Fri­day. It is designed to strengthen the cardiovascu­lar system.
The YMCA welcomes any­one to join any swimming class at any time. Do not to worry about your current level of swimming as swim­ming lessons are offered.
The staff is trained in CPR and emergency proceduresThey ask that if you are dia­betic, have heart problems or other health concerns to let them know so they can moni­tor you and give assistance if needed.
Locks for the lock­ers can be obtained at the front desk.
The pool has a O-entry entrance and exit; it’s a smooth walk in and out of the pool. There is a water chair for wheel­chair-bound individuals that rolls into the water with help from the staff.
The staff suggests that se­niors bring a towel, bathing suit and water shoes as pool surfaces are hard.
A wireless microphone is available for the hearing impaired since hearing aids cannot be worn in the water.
· A beginner yoga class led by Kathie Anthony and includes senior participation starts at 8:15 a.m. on Tuesday and Thursday.
· A pilates class recently begun by Amy Jo McCranie has seniors who attend her class at 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday and 12:15 p.m. on Thursday.
· Feeling Great at Eight starts at 8 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and involves warm-ups, cool- downs and stretching.
· Chair aerobics for beginners, a half hour class for active older adults, meets at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday and Thurs­day. Classes focus on strength and flexibly.
There is a large senior population visiting the Y from 7 a.m. – 1/2 p.m. Many exer­cise and then sit in the lobby read­ing the paper or socializing with others.
Senior volunteers are needed for numerous activities. Call the YMCA for more information.
by Laura Leedy

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