Creating My Y…Creating My Legacy
“You couldn’t find a better bunch of people,” says Angelo Marchozzi of his friends at the Westside YMCA. Many other members agree. The close-knit family atmosphere at the branch is what keeps many of the senior adults coming back. Some of these senior adults, like Angelo, are members of a program called SilverSneakers®.
The SilverSneakers® Fitness Program is a unique physical activity, lifestyle and social oriented program designed to encourage members to increase their levels of physical activity and motivate them to continue to be active. The SilverSneakers® program is funded through select insurance plans which allow their participants to access the YMCA. Those whose insurance does not cover SilverSneakers® can also participate in senior exercise classes and activities through their membership at a YMCA.
At YMCA branches like Westside YMCA, the mixture of SilverSneakers® and YMCA members is seamless. And senior adults can’t say enough about the classes, fitness opportunities and camaraderie they find at their branch. Ladies in an exercise class talk about what the classes have done for them – from increasing strength and flexibility to the more practical “now I can get in and out of the car.”
One member sums up her experience by saying the group exercise classes give her “somebody to keep up with, and I’m always happy when I can.”