February 04, 2014 - 12:46 PM
The YMCA of Okanagan is working to maintain the health and independence of seniors in our community. Seniors have several program options at the YMCA to keep them healthy and active, and a great place to get started is by taking the Seniors Health Assessment. This is offered for FREE by the YMCA approximately three times a year, with the next session running February 21st from 8am-2pm at the Kelowna Family Y, 375 Hartman Road.
The Seniors Health Assessment is approximately 30-60 minutes per person and includes a series of tests to assess your blood pressure, cardiovascular endurance, blood glucose levels, flexibility, strength agility and more.
“In 2008 I had my right hip socket replaced which is a major surgery,” says Brenda Clarke. “This was followed by a series of replacements due to painful arthritis – my left hip in 2009; my right knee in 2010 and my left knee and meniscus in 2011.”
Many aging adults in our community can relate to Brenda’s health history and are facing similar outcomes each day. Strength, physical fitness and quality of life often decrease with age, but starting with an assessment, regular activity and a strong support system by YMCA staff, future chronic pain and health disease may be prevented.
“Between my many surgeries, my doctor encouraged me to walk in the water to improve muscle movement which really helped.” says Brenda. “My husband Jim and I participated in Aquafit quite often and today I continue to work out at Kelowna Family Y when able, knowing that without regular exercise, I wouldn’t be able to get around today.” Brenda and her husband Jim both have Type II Diabetes and since joining the Y their blood pressure has improved through their exercise program and the regular testing offered. Jim also had heart surgery in 2007 and he explained that his doctors said had he not been in such good shape the outcome may have been different.
Registration is required for the Seniors Health Assessment as space is limited - please contact the Kelowna Family YMCA Member Services team at 250-491-9622 to reserve your spot today.
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