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OUR PROGRAMS ARE DESIGNED TO KEEP ADULTS ACTIVE, HEALTHY AND SOCIALLY CONNECTED.

With Prevention & Support at the YMCA, adults experience a strong sense of belonging and create a network of friends who provide support for sustained health and well-being. Through on-going, fun, safe and engaging programs, members build relationships and increase self-confidence while celebrating the successes of each member of their community.

THE ART OF BIG

LSVT BIG trains people with Parkinson disease (PD) to use their body more normally.  People living with PD or other neurological conditions often move differently, with gestures and actions that become smaller and slower. They may have trouble with getting around, getting dressed and with other activities of daily living. LSVT BIG effectively trains improved movements for any activity, whether “small motor” tasks like buttoning a shirt or “large motor” tasks like getting up from sofa or chair or maintaining balance while walking. The treatment improves walking, self-care and other tasks by helping people “recalibrate” how they perceive their movements with what others actually see. It also teaches them how and when to apply extra effort to produce bigger motions – more like the movements of everyone around them. Originally developed as a speech treatment protocol, Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT LOUD), was later expanded to this physical or occupational therapy program called LSVT BIG. Led by a certified instructor.

Fridays: 3:00PM | Instructor: Simone

A.S.S.I.S.T.

A fitness program designed to empower people with Parkinson’s Disease by optimizing their physical function and helping to delay the progression of symptoms. The goal is to motivate participants to develop a habit of consistent exercise routines best suited to their individual needs. Recommended for anyone with limited mobility. Includes weight training, balance and gait exercises, along with gentle cardiovascular exercises.

Wednesdays: 1:30PM | Instructor: TBD – Not active class at this time

BLOOD PRESSURE SELF MONITORING

This program is designed to help adults better manage high blood pressure through regular blood pressure self-monitoring and other heart-healthy activities.  During the 4-month program and with support from a trained Healthy Heart Ambassador, participants measure and record their blood pressure and attend personalized consultations and Nutrition Education Seminars. To qualify for the BPSM program, participants must be at least 18 years old and: 

  • Have been diagnosed with high blood pressure 
  • Not have experienced a recent cardiac event 
  • Not have atrial fibrillation or other arrhythmias
  • Not be at risk for lymphedema

Office Hours:

Tammy: Tuesday 12:15-1:15PM

Howard: Thursday 10:00-11:00AM

Betsy: Wednesday 10:00-11:00AM

FIGHT BACK BOXING

Fight Back Boxing is a full-body workout exercise regimen where you perform non-combat boxing exercises.  This class will include stretches and warm-up exercises to prepare the body for the workout and to avoid injury.  Participants will use heavy punching bags to build strength and muscle.  Vocal exercises are incorporated into the workout to help with any voice disorder symptoms of Parkinson’s while footwork and other agility exercises will be used to help improve balance.  Participants can purchase gloves to use in class on the registration page. Led by a certified instructor.

Instructor: Travis

Registration opening soon!

ENHANCE FITNESS

This program has been shown to improve arthritis symptoms, strength, endurance, balance and flexibility, and is recognized by the CDC and other national organizations committed to improving the health and wellness of older adults. 

Our EnhanceFitness certified instructor will guide you through exercises that:

  • Increase strength
  • Improve flexibility and balance
  • Boost activity levels
  • Elevate mood

Instructor: Betsy Arellano

Registration opening soon!