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 serves as program coordinator for Managing Your Diabetes. Becky also teaches BOOM, SilverSneakers Yoga, Step Express and Zumba Gold classes.
Be in the know! View our January AOA Calendar here.
Potluck Lunchtime Learning
Once a month, we get together for a potluck lunch in the Youth Lobby and a chance to connect with other active adults. Please bring a friend and a dish to pass. Then stay for our interesting topic of the day!
Open to members and non-members!
Lunch at 12:00 pm, Program start at 12:30 pm
Jan. 17-(Aspirus Branch) Organize & Declutter 30 Day Minimalist Challenge
Feb. 21-(Wausau Branch) Basics of Partner Massage
March 21-(Wausau Branch) Living Generously- Lunch provided by Thrivent Financial
April 18-(Aspirus Branch) Improving Your Hearing
The Woodson YMCA has partnered with the Wausau School District to help adults of any age to become more comfortable with technology and the internet on their phones or tablets.
11 am - 12 pm, Lesson
12 pm - 1 pm, Individualized tech assistance available
Our free Tech Friday programs are open to members and non-members!
Location: Wausau Center Mall, Wausau School District storefront (Next to Younker’s store)
|Tech Friday Topic||Date|
|Facebook & Setting up Your New Device||Jan. 19|
|Games for Fun & Learning||Feb. 16|
|Email & Messaging on Your Phone||March 16|
|Using Skype & Face Time||April 21|
|Open Tech Mentoring Help||May 18|
Golden & Outdoor Adventures
Learn and explore the area with us as we gather for trips to area sights, many at no cost.
Example outings: Bowling, painting, visiting museums, dining, hiking, snowshoeing, and more! Check the AOA calendar at the Y, bulletin boards or Woodson YMCA AOA Facebook page for days and times of Golden & Outdoor Adventures. Registration may be required. Members & non-members welcome!
We know that it’s so important that 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 2018 Trips Include:
• Palace Theater - Nunsense Musical March 15
• Milwaukee Brewers vs. Chicago Cubs June 13
• Spring Green/House on the Rock July
• Big Top Chautauqua/Bayfield/Duluth (3 Days) August
Please check the AOA bulletin boards at both Ys or our website for specific trip details!
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
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
•SilverSneakers Yoga, Classic or Circuit
•Shallow or Deep Water Exercise
For days/times, please check current schedules at either Y branch.
Optimal Brain Function
Join us for this extremely informative series on the brain, taught by Dr. Linda Bluestein.
11:30 am- 12:30 pm
6:00 pm- 7:00 pm
(Attend morning or evening class option!)
• Feb. 21- OVERVIEW: How the brain develops, what it needs, what effects brain function.
Members- $5/Class Non-Members- $10/Class
• Feb. 28- OPTIMAL NUTRITION: Learn how sugar and other processed foods impact brain functioning.
Members- $5/Class Non-Members- $10/Class