The Dow Westside YMCA encourages older adults in Addis to eat healthy, get active and be social
DOW Westside YMCA
May is Older Americans Month and the Dow Westside YMCA encourages all adults 50 years and older on the West Side to get motivated and develop behaviors that are crucial to healthy aging, including healthy eating, increasing physical activity and social interaction.
Adults 50 years and older currently make up more than 30 percent of the U.S. population and will soon represent 45 percent of all Americans. Here, the West Side adults 50 and older make up 31 percent of the population. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that adults 50 and older have a 70 percent chance of developing at least one chronic disease. While these numbers seem daunting, the good news is that making small lifestyle changes that include increasing physical activity, eating healthier and staying active socially can help older adults live better.
“The image of an older adult sitting on the porch in a rocking chair is long gone—today’s older adult is more active, engaged and in control of their health,” said Kristen Hogan, marketing director of the YMCA of the Capital Area. Community-based organizations like the Y provide the needed guidance to help them reach health goals, particularly when it comes to chronic disease prevention.”
The Dow Westside YMCA offers Moving For Better Balance, a 12-week evidence-based group exercise program developed by researchers at the Oregon Research Institute. The program, based on the principles of Tai Chi, teaches eight movements modified especially for preventing falling.
According to the CDC, every 14 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall and every 29 minutes an older adult dies from a fall-related injury.
Moving For Better Balance works to improve balance, muscle strength, flexibility and mobility to enhance overall physical health, which leads to better functioning in daily activities. Participation in the program may also result in better mental health, reduced stress, improved memory and cognition, and increased self esteem.
The program’s safe and supportive group setting also provides an opportunity for participants to enjoy learning with like-minded adults and find relief from the isolation that can sometimes come from living with limited mobility.
The Dow Westside YMCA also offers Lite and Low Aerobics, an energizing and low impact workout, Mondays and Tuesdays at 10:15-11:15 a.m.
For more information on how your family can live a healthy, active life, visit ymcabr.org