ACTIVE LIVES FOR OLDER ADULTS
At the Y, we are committed to providing health and wellness opportunities to everyone, at every stage of life. Our programs are designed for older adults and promote fitness and well-being while fostering friendships and connection. Our volunteer opportunities also help build lasting relationships, community ties and provide an environment for giving back and making an impact.
Senior activities include the following:
- Silver Sneakers and Silver & Fit membership options through your insurance carrier
- Water fitness classes
- Senior group fitness classes
- Social events
- Open Diabetes Academy and other education classes
- Volunteer opportunities
For more information, contact Liz Lord, Senior Engagement Director at 252-972-9622 x.256 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senior Coach Approach (for older adults)
KEEP MOVING, STAY CONNECTED
Senior Coach Approach is open and free for new and renewed Senior members. We will meet with you over a 6 week period, with a 30 minute session per week. During these sessions, we will evaluate your goals together, give you advice and lead you in the right direction that will be most valuable to keep you moving and staying connected! You will also be introduced to our programs, classes, machines and become acquainted with our certified Wellness Staff.
MODIFIED MOVES MAXIMUM RESULTS
Enhance®Fitness is geared toward older adults of all fitness levels. If you have a chronic condition, such as arthritis, you may be able to gain more strength and independence. You will feel energized physically, mentally and socially- and be surrounded by people who care. Participants move at their most comfortable pace and are never pushed to do more than they can handle. Each class is taught by a certified instructor and focuses on cardiovascular endurance, strength, flexibility, and balance. 16-week program sessions.
Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
Article on How Seniors Can Manage Their Stress
How Seniors Can Manage Their Stress for a Better Quality of Life
Contributed by Kent Elliot
In an article published by PubMed Central (PMC), the negative effects of senior stress are discussed—including the ways in which stress can impair our physical and mental health as we age. As we grow older, chronic stress increases our risk of disease, illness, and mental decline—and it often leads to a diminished quality of life.
While many sources of stress are unavoidable as we age, there are several things we can do to manage our anxieties and improve our quality of life. For instance, regularly practicing mindfulness meditation techniques can help to relieve stress, improve memory, enhance mood, and keep our brains healthy as we age. Additionally, recognizing our greatest stressors and finding ways of dealing with them are also important—as this keeps our worries from controlling our lives.
To explore some of the most common stressors of aging, as well as the things we can do to manage the anxieties of growing older, read on.
Future Living Arrangements
According to a study conducted by the West Health Institute in San Diego, most American seniors worry about losing their independence and memory as they grow older—resulting in the need to move into a nursing home or another type of care facility. However, nursing homes aren’t the only options for seniors. Other types of senior housing include assisted living residences, retirement communities, and active adult communities.
To ensure that seniors can afford to pay for their living arrangements in the event that they want or need to move into an assisted living or retirement community, they should review their insurance coverage early on and explore other financing options if necessary. Many seniors believe that their health insurance policies will cover their residency expenses at a retirement community or assisted living facility, but unfortunately, this is usually not the case.
Medicare and Medicaid, for instance, cover medically necessary services and supplies, outpatient prescription medications, inpatient hospital care, temporary nursing facility care, short-term home care services, and hospice care—but not room and board at assisted living centers and retirement communities. If you qualify for Medicaid, however, you may receive some coverage for your assisted living expenses—depending on the state where you live.
If your Medicare or Medicaid plan doesn’t cover your senior living arrangements, other financing options may include proceeds from a life insurance policy, reverse home mortgage or home equity line of credit (HELOC), or your veterans benefits (if applicable).
In addition to losing their independence and moving into a senior living facility, seniors may find themselves worrying about their final expenses and how their surviving family members will cover these costs in the event of their death. However, purchasing final expense insurance can provide seniors with peace of mind as they age—especially since it’ll help to cover their funeral expenses, medical bills, and other outstanding debts after they pass away.
When shopping around for a final expense insurance policy, be sure to look for companies with good ratings under the Better Business Bureau (BBB). For instance, agents at Lincoln Heritage are specialists in final expense insurance—and the company holds an excellent rating with the BBB.
As mentioned above, many American seniors worry about losing their memory to cognitive decline as they grow older—which in turn may lead to the loss of their independence. However, there are several things seniors can do to boost their memory and stave off cognitive decline as they grow older. These include:
- Playing board games and completing puzzles.
- Socializing with friends and family members.
- Surfing the internet.
- Making arts and crafts.
- Exercising regularly.
- Eating a healthy diet that includes plenty of whole grains, vegetables, and olive oil.
Aging can be challenging, stressful, and expensive, but it’s also a time for enjoying life and spending time with your loved ones. To keep your greatest stressors from taking control over your life, it’s important to acknowledge your anxieties and learn how to manage them—as this will help you to alleviate stress and live a happier and healthier life.