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Active Older Adults

Active Older Adult Programs

The YMCA creates a supportive environment for people of all ages to thrive. Make new connections, have fun and improve your health through programs and social events that fit your lifestyle. 

As you get older, you may find that you have a new set of fitness goals you want to achieve, such as improving your balance and flexibility. We’re committed to helping older adults stay physically and mentally healthy.

Each YMCA of the Twin Tiers branch offers different programming. Schedules are available by clicking the link below or in hard copy at the front desks. Programs are open to members and some to non-members. All Active Older Adult Group Exercise Classes are FREE for Y members. Registration not necessary. Guests may visit the Y up to 3 times per year and attend classes, space permitting. 

Active Older Adult (AOA) Group Exercise Classes

Motion Plus: This traditionally active older adult class consists of
aerobic, strength, flexibility and balance exercises. Participants gather for coffee after class. It’s a terrific way to meet new people and feel great!

SilverSneakers: Have fun and move to the music through a variety of exercises designed to increase muscle strength, range of movement, and activities for daily living.  Hand-held weights, elastic tubing with handles and a Silver Sneakers ball are offered for resistance.  A chair is used for seated exercises and standing support.  This class can be adapted by the participant depending on their fitness level and abilities.  It is suitable for beginning to intermediate skill levels.

Stretch and Flex: Enjoy a low impact strengthening class that focuses on balance, core strength, and muscle stabilization. Come improve your health and have a good time doing it.

Tai Chi:
This is a gentle and powerful body mind exercise.  Learn several tai chi forms by practicing with slow, graceful movements and coordinated breathing.  Benefits include: balance, flexibility, muscle strength, and cardiovascular fitness.  This class is perfect for those who are just starting out, or the seasoned veteran!

Yoga: This class creates balance in the body through developing both strength and flexibility. It is designed to relieve stress and bring peace of mind, body and spirit by focusing on breathing techniques, stretching,
toning and relaxation. This class teaches fundamental poses with an
emphasis on alignment. No previous Yoga experience required.


Water Exercise Classes

AquaFit/Water Exercise:  This class provides the same benefits received in an aerobic class without the stress that it puts on the body. No swimming skills are necessary. A great way to strengthen your muscles and improve overall fitness.

Aqua Zumba®:  This class blends the Zumba® philosophy with water resistance for one pool party you shouldn’t miss!  Once the Latin and World rhythms take over, you’ll see why these classes are called exercise in disguise.

Aquatic Rehab:  Y staff lead participants through a series of gentle exercises aimed to provide a well-rounded program for those people with slight injuries or those moving from the acute phase of rehab who wish to continue a rehabilitation maintenance program. A physician's consent is required.

Arthritis Aquatics:  Based on a program developed by the Arthritis Foundation, this class is designed for people with arthritis and related conditions. Soothing movements help those with arthritis feel better.

ESP Water Workout:  ENDURANCE, STRENGTH, and POWER are the components of this class. This class provides a high-intensity workout that includes a combination of shallow and deep-water exercises to increase strength and endurance for the upper and lower body and core. A variety of equipment is used.

Senior/Silver Splash:  Exercises utilize the physical properties of water to enhance agility, range of motion, and cardiovascular conditioning. No swimming ability required.

Twinges in the Hinges:  This class utilizes the water to improve or maintain muscular joint mobility through movements in the water. This activity is not only a great way to improve muscle strength and, in turn, bone density, but is also a create way to socialize with other YMCA Members and neighbors!

Benefits of Starting an Active Lifestyle Today

  • Physical activity reduces risk of heart disease, diabetes and some cancers.
  • Physical activity helps reduce pain.
  • Exercise helps increase muscular strength, flexibility and balance.
  • Physically active people have fewer symptoms of depression.
  • Physical Activity = Longer Life!

Activities & Events

Drop In Social - Olean/Wellsville
Drop into the Activity Center/Community Room for some social time between group exercise classes. Socialize with your fellow Y members and Y staff while enjoying coffee or exercise your brain with a puzzle or card game! Any Y member, any age, is invited to join the fun Monday through Friday from 8am to 12pm (unless room is reserved for other activities.)

Walking Wednesdays- Olean
Meet at the Olean YMCA’s indoor track at 1:00 PM each Wednesday to log in some miles and enjoy time with
friends. Walk at your own pace and log your miles each week in our log at the Wellness Center counter to track how many miles of smiles you accomplished! Any Y member, any age is invited to join the walking group and/or utilize the walking log. 

Y Book Club- Olean
Share your passion for reading with the YMCA’s book club. Join fellow readers once a month to participate in a fun discussion of the selected book. Y Book Club is open to any Y member age 18 and older. For more information email Nick at [email protected].

AOA Breakfast Social- Olean/Bradford/Wellsville
Come to the Activity Center/Community Room for our monthly breakfast social to enjoy coffee and pastries with fellow Y members and Y staff.  Bradford socials will be on the second Thursday of each month from 10am-11am.  
Olean and Wellsville socials will be from 9am-10:30am and upcoming dates will be posted here on our website.
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