Programs For Active & Older Adults
At the Naples YMCA, we have developed a set of unique programs specifically targeted to the active older adult.
Physical activity is essential in maintaining a higher quality of life and independence among seniors. Regular exercise provides many practical benefits, including reducing the risk of diseases and conditions such as diabetes, osteoporosis, coronary artery disease and high blood pressure. Stronger muscles, better balance and coordination, and higher energy levels all work together to maintain or improve basic living skills.
AIM (Adults in Motion)
A complete series of seated or standing group fitness classes geared towards older adults or anyone having difficulty getting up and down from the floor. These classes increase muscular strength, range of movement and activity for daily living skills in older, active adults. Chair support is offered to safely perform a variety of exercises.
Check our Group Fitness Schedule for class times.
SilverSneakers® is a fantastic opportunity for seniors, 65* and older, to take greater control of their health by taking advantage of a membership offered through their insurance company. You can get a Y membership at no cost and access to signature SilverSneaker® classes.
To find out if you are eligible for SilverSneakers, please contact your health plan or stop by the Greater Naples YMCA. For more information on the program, call toll-free 1-888-423-4632 or visit www.silversneakers.com.
Move. Laugh. Connect (MLC)
MLC is a program appropriate for most everyone, especially older adults. Those with movement disorders or challenged by other health conditions will find it especially helpful. It is a balanced program, that is, physical, emotional and social dimensions that are recognized as critical to the total well-being of the individual. An emphasis on each of these dimensions is included in the programming of the exercise class.
Program Focus: Exercise can help the negative effects and decline associates with inactivity. Older adults and those with movement disorders are often challenged by: Poor balance, Decreased range of motion (ROM) around a joint, Decreased strength to perform daily activities, Poor posture with tendency to stoop forward, Less endurance (breathless & fatigued).
Program is FREE and included with your membership. Non-members can pay per class to participate in the program. Financial Aid is available; contact our Director of Community Wellness for more info.
Physician referral is not required but is recommended.
STEP SMART COLLIER
The Naples YMCA, in collaboration with Step Smart Collier Inc., looks to improve the quality of life for Collier County seniors by increasing awareness of the risks of falls. Falling is the leading cause of injury, disability and death for Collier County seniors. Step Smart Collier’s mission is to dramatically reduce the risk of falling while assuring each seniors quality of life.
To learn more or for upcoming YMCA seminars, visit www.stepsmartcollier.org
ADDITIONAL YMCA PROGRAMS
- Y-Spine (30 minute stretch)
- CHIP (Complete Health Improvement Program)
- Lifestyle Nutrition Program
For more information on Older Adults programs, please contact:
Director of Community Health