June 13, 2014 - 11:15 AM
For Bing Whiteway, coming to the YMCA of Okanagan was an important step to help him maintain his health, safety and independence. “When Bing was referred to the Y he had close to zero muscle mass and, for both himself and his wife, it was important that he take steps to regain some strength,” says Lauren Abney, Adult and Senior Program Coordinator.
Bing, who is 77, struggles with heart problems, and his wife is in a wheelchair, so he needed to improve his strength and agility to be able to maintain their current lifestyle.
Many seniors can relate. It might be a different circumstance but these are common health and wellness concerns as we get older. Strength, physical fitness and quality of life often decrease with age and it is important for seniors to stay active.
YMCA of Okanagan is invested in the health of local seniors and is offering another FREE Seniors Health Assessment on June 20th, from 8am-2pm at Kelowna Family YMCA—375 Hartman Road. This assessment is a great place for seniors to gauge where they are at and what is needed to improve or simply maintain their current health.
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.
“When I first started at the Y, I had just undergone a serious heart surgery and was 143 pounds, down from my previous 185 pounds,” says Bing. “I am now in the Healthy Hearts program at Kelowna Family Y and I am back up to 160 pounds and feel a lot stronger.” Bing visits the Y twice a week where caring staff help him stay on track and reach his goals.
YMCA of Okanagan offers long term programs for older adults to be active and social including Healthy Hearts and Building Better Bones, Mingle Mondays, Aquafit, and Pool Walking. There is also a walking track and walking clubs, providing something for everyone, no matter the skill level.
Kelowna Family Y’s Seniors Health Assessment requires registration, so please contact Lauren Abney at 250-491-9622 ext. 228 to reserve your spot. For more information on YMCA programs and services visit ymcaokanagan.ca.
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