Healthy Aging

Being healthy is more than just simply being physically active, it’s about maintaining a balanced spirit, mind, and body at every stage of life. The Mary Free Bed YMCA provides support for the challenges that prevent individuals from continuing independence. The Y is a place where older adults can discover a new hobby, take part in a lifelong learning program, make new friends, or engage in volunteer activities.

Healthy Aging Programs will focus on:

  • Tools for Chronic Disease Prevention and Support: Targeted programming centered around cancer wellness, diabetes, and hypertension.
  • Accessible Physical Activity: Universal design promotes independence and significantly increases mobility while reducing the chance of incident, for easy access to the tools of active living.
  • Nutrition Education: Lifestyle nutrition instruction in cooking classes, counseling, and access to fresh produce builds resistance to illness, helps manage chronic disease, and increases mental acuteness.
  • Volunteerism: Volunteering gives individuals the opportunity to engage in physically and mentally stimulating ways to give back, like tending plants in the greenhouse and outdoor gardens, teaching youth nutrition education classes, or participating in adult fitness leagues – encouraging social interaction and providing a sense of well-being.

For more information about the Mary Free Bed YMCA, contact Sara DeMann.