Active Older Adults

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.


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. 

Adaptive Wellness

The most critical time for recuperation is when a patient comes home from the hospital. 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:

  • Adaptive Aquatics
  • Adaptive Wellness Parkinson's
  • Alzheimer's Wellness
  • Brain Injury Wellness
  • Multiple Sclerosis Wellness
  • Parkinson's Wellness
  • Stroke Wellness

Cancer Support

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a physical activity and well-being program that helps adult cancer survivors achieve their holistic health goals. The research-based program offers people affected by cancer a supportive environment to participate in physical and social activities focused on strengthening the whole person.

Diabetes Prevention and Management

The Y offers three evidence-based programs to help people prevent and manage type 2 diabetes:

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. 

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

Medicare Advantage Wellness Benefits

The YMCA of Western North Carolina partners to provide wellness benefits for Medicare Advantage plans through FirstMedicare Direct Healthy State and through plans that include Silver&Fit.

We also partner with RenewActive by UnitedHealthcare. For Part B subscribers, we work with a Medicare Supplement through AARP's BeWell 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.


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.

Senior Fitness and Arthritis Management

The Y's Enhance®Fitness is a proven community-based senior fitness and arthritis management program geared toward older adults and those with a chronic condition, such as arthritis. It helps older adults become more active, energized and empowered for independent living. Regular participation reduces age-related functional decline and has been shown to reduce the incidence of disability in older adults who suffer from arthritis.

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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