Active Lives for Older Adults
Older adults, individuals 55 and above, are a significant and growing segment of our communities. All seniors benefit from engaging in Y activities that enhance connections, decrease a sense of isolation, and improve overall well-being. Maintain your health and functional ability with programs designed especially for the needs of seniors. We begin to lose bone density, balance and coordination as we age. The good news is that there is something we can do about it! Strength training and creating a fitness regime can deter or prevent these issues from occurring. Everyday activities will become easier, posture will improve and you’ll look and feel great!
Our exercise classes and organized physical activities promote fitness and good health while fostering friendships and camaraderie. Active Older Adults Director Becky Zelent leads outdoor adventures, day and overnight trips and teaches BOOM, SilverSneakers Yoga, Step Express and Zumba Gold classes.
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Recommended AOA fitness activities
Age well at the YMCA! You will enhance your physical, social and spiritual well-being by taking part in active older adult programs. Choose from low impact aerobics, water exercise, yoga, walking on our tracks and more. We have great opportunities to share activities with friends and exercise at your own pace.
Suggested classes for the older active adult:
•Wise Y Strength and Conditioning
•Ai Chi or Tai Chi
•Ballroom and Line Dance
•SilverSneakers Yoga, Classic or Circuit
•Shallow or Deep Water Exercise
For days/times, please check current schedules at either Y branch.
Join our new book club and expand your love of reading. Group leader is Connie Heidemann of Marathon County Literacy.
LOCATION: Wausau Branch South Conference Room (Bring your own lunch)
TIME: 11:30 am
UPCOMING DATES: 2/27 3/27 & 4/24
Open to non-members if accompanied by a Y member.
Please contact Becky Zelent at 715-841-1822 or email email@example.com with questions.
AOA Lunch & Learn
Once a month, we get together to learn about topics that impact active adults. Please bring a friend and your lunch and then stay for our interesting topic of the day. We’ll provide coffee and dessert. REGISTER HERE
BRING LUNCH: 11:30 am/ PROGRAM: 12 pm
LOCATION: Wausau Branch North Conference Room
• Mar 13 Easy Exercises for Better Balance
• Apr 3 Caring for Ailing Parents
• May 8 Container Gardening
Golden & Outdoor Adventures
Learn and explore the area with us as we gather to experience area sights, many at no cost. Outings include: visiting museums, dining, hiking, snowshoeing, and more! Non-members welcome. Invite your friends! Please see AOA calendar, bulletin boards at the Y or the Woodson YMCA AOA Facebook page for days and times of outings. (Registration may be required.)
Upcoming Outings: TBA
The Woodson YMCA, in partnership with the Wausau School District, is helping adults become more comfortable with technology and the internet on their phones, tablets, or laptops. REGISTER HERE
LOCATION: Wausau Branch North Conference Room
11:00 am - 11:30 am
• Individualized Tech Assistance
11:30 am- 12:30 pm
UPCOMING DATES: 4/12 Instagram, Snap Chat &Twitter: Join the Fun!
5/10 Open Tech Help
We know that it’s important for adults over age 55 continue to engage in fulfilling activities so they can enhance connections, decrease a sense of isolation, and improve overall well-being. A trip with us might be the perfect way to improve your self care!
Upcoming 2019 Trips Include:
May 15 ..........Devils Lake State Park with UW-Stevens Point at Wausau See flyer!
May 16 ..........Mamma Mia at the Palace (Wisconsin Dells)- See flyer
June 6 ..........Brewers v. Marlins (Milwaukee) See flyer
July 26 .........Tall Ships (Green Bay)
Sept. 18-20..........Door County Lighthouses and Wineries (3 days/2 nights)
Please check the AOA bulletin boards at both Ys or our website for specific trip details! REGISTER HERE
At the Y, we believe that spirit, mind and body are all connected. Active Older Adults can get inspired and connect through organized activities such as:
Day trips to:
• Art exhibits
• State parks and outdoor adventures
• Sporting events
• Theater and dinner outings
Please view our AOA bulletin board for upcoming trip information.
SilverSneakers and Silver & Fit Membership
To verify eligibility for FREE WOODSON YMCA membership, present your Silver & Fit, Optum or SilverSneakers Member ID card at either branch and complete membership paperwork.
SilverSneakers is more than access to the Y. SilverSneakers is also a type of group exercise class we offer. You do not need to be a certain age or have a SilverSneakers membership to participate in class, just show up and begin your wellness journey.
Those who are eligible to participate in SilverSneakers will receive a membership to the Y at no cost! To verify eligibility for Y membership, SilverSneakers members will need to present their Healthways/SilverSneakers Member ID card to the business desk at either Woodson YMCA branch, and also complete membership paperwork. Inquire at Member Service Center at either branch.
Current eligible plans include:
Cigna Medicare Supplement
WPS Medicare Companion
Once a month, we offer an opportunity to foster life-long learning for those over age 55 and a chance to connect with other active adults. Open to Non-Members! REGISTER HERE
Coffee & Social Time at 8:45 am
Program begins at 9:00 am (Approx 30 min.)
(Q & A follows program topics)
• Dec. 12 Small Changes for a Healthier You in 2019
WHERE: Wausau Branch Youth Lobby