Programs for Active Older Adults

At the Y, active older adult members age 50 and up experience a strong sense of belonging and a network of friends who provide support for sustained health and well-being. Through fun, safe and engaging programs, activities and events, members increase their self-confidence and sense of achievement while building relationships and celebrating the success and milestones of others.

Learn more about our programs for active older adults below. Online registration is available for many classes, events, and trips.


Falls Prevention

Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injury in people over age 60. The Y offers two evidence-based courses to help people reduce risk while increasing strength and balance:

  • Moving for Better Balance uses the principles and movements of Tai Chi to help older adults increase their strength, improve their balance, and increase their confidence in doing everyday activities. 

Senior Fitness and Arthritis Management

Enhance®Fitness is an innovative, multi-component physical activity program with demonstrated health benefits for older adults of different physical abilities. Low-cost, highly adaptable, and research-tested, Enhance Fitness has been proven to be safe for physically unfit and frail older adults and adults living with physical and cognitive challenges. 


Reaching and maintaining a healthier weight is important for your overall health and well-being. If you are significantly overweight, you have a greater risk of developing many diseases, including high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and some forms of cancer. For obese adults, even losing a few pounds or preventing further weight gain has health benefits. At the Y, we’re here to support your wellness journey so you can get to a healthier weight. Learn more about our nutrition programs.

    Medicare Advantage Wellness Benefits

    The YMCA of Western North Carolina partners to provide wellness benefits for Medicare Advantage plans through plans that include Silver&FitRenewActive by UnitedHealthcare, First Carolina Care, and for Part B subscribers, we also work with a Medicare Supplement through AARP's At Your Best Program

    Each of these options provides a YMCA membership. Some Medicare Advantage plans require fees and annual enrollment. Contact your insurance broker for details. Learn more about Medicare Advantage plans at the Y.

    Volunteer Opportunities

    Volunteering is a great way to fight social isolation and stay connected to the community. Volunteer opportunities at the Y include clothing drives, food drives, Wellness MVP, and Togetherhood®. Explore volunteer opportunities.


    For more information about programs for active older adults, please email us here. 

    Groups, Clubs, and Events

    Our centers offer a variety of opportunities for physical fun and social interaction, including:

    • Adult basketball
    • Arts and humanities groups
    • Book clubs
    • Coffee clubs
    • Cooking classes
    • Caregiver support groups
    • Pickleball
    • Hiking club
    • Bridge club
    • Workshops and seminars