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.


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    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. 
    • A Matter of Balance is a free eight-week structured group intervention that emphasizes practical strategies to reduce fear of falling and increase activity levels. 

    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. 

    Chronic Pain Management

    The Living Healthy with Chronic Pain Self-Management Program is a six (6) week group program for anyone who is experiencing chronic disease and/or chronic pain and would like to build confidence in their ability to manage the symptoms of their chronic conditions as well as improve their overall health. Classes take place once weekly for 2.5 hours with breaks and focus on skills and techniques of self-management in a safe and supported setting.

    The Living Healthy with Chronic Pain Self Management Program was developed for people who have a primary or secondary diagnosis of chronic pain. Pain is defined as being chronic or long term when it lasts for longer than 3 to 6 months, or beyond the normal healing time of an injury.

    Programs may also benefit those who have conditions such as persistent headache, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, diabetic neuropathy, or those who experience severe muscular pain due to conditions such as multiple sclerosis. Workshops are facilitated by two trained leaders, one or both of whom are peers with chronic pain themselves.

    Examples of chronic pain conditions include:

    • Chronic musculo-skeletal pain (such as neck, shoulder, back pain, etc.)

    • Fibromyalgia

    • Whiplash injuries

    • Chronic regional pain syndromes

    • Repetitive strain injury

    • Chronic pelvic pain

    • Post-surgical pain that lasts beyond 6 months

    • Neuropathic pain (often caused by trauma)

    • Neuralgias (such as post-herpetic pain, and trigeminal neuralgia)

    • Post stroke or central pain

    Classes are highly participative, where mutual support and success build the participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives. People with different chronic health problems attend this program together; many people have more than one chronic condition. The Chronic Pain Self-Management Program will not conflict with existing programs or treatment as it is designed to enhance regular treatment and disease-specific education.

    Subjects covered include:

    • Techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, isolation, and poor sleep

    • Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance

    • Appropriate use of medications

    • Communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals

    • Nutrition

    • Pacing activity and rest

    • How to evaluate new treatments

    This program is provided at NO COST under the Older American’s Act and is open to the community.

    To sign up or for more information, email Stephanie Stewart or call 828 251 6622.

    Adaptive Wellness

    At the Y, we provide the support, guidance, and resources needed to achieve greater health and well-being in spirit, mind and body. Our adaptive wellness programs include:

    Parkinson's Support

    Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is a chronic, progressive neurological disorder where part of the brain gradually becomes more damaged as the years go by. The main symptoms of the disease are movement related. Community building is also an important aspect of these programs, and participants enjoy laughing, getting to know new friends, and sharing information about living with Parkinson’s and related diseases. 

    The Y offers three evidence-based programs for people living with PD including Pedaling for Parkinson's, PWR!Moves, and Rock Steady Boxing. These programs are supported by a community grant from the Parkinson's Foundation. Click here for more information and to sign up. 


    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&Fit,  RenewActive 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.

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        For more information about programs for active older adults, please email Diane Saccone or call 828 575 2904.

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        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

        Find more information on clubs, workshops, and events below! 


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