ACTIVE OLDER ADULTS
The Y is committed to providing health and wellness opportunities to everyone, at every stage of life. YMCA of Orange County offers aqua exercise, yoga, stretching and toning classes, Pickleball, volunteer opportunities, and social events. 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.
PBS SoCal, CalOptima, and YMCA – Here for you!
We understand the toll the pandemic has caused on everyone, but none more so than in our senior communities. The isolation has created hardships, health issues, and loss of connection. In fact, did you know, research shows that a lack of social connection and the feeling of loneliness and isolation are as damaging to one’s health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day? We want you to know we are here for you!
The YMCA is a place to be healthy and make meaningful connections. We provide a place to build and foster friendships, reclaim healthy habits, overcome challenges, set new goals, and be the best version of you!
Why join the Y?
The YMCA offers classes, programs, and events for all ages and fitness abilities. Here at the Y you will find health and community. We offer:
- Group exercise classes FREE with membership, including classes just for seniors
- Weight training and cardio equipment
- Heated indoor and outdoor pools
- Access to certified personal trainers
- Senior social activities, events, and more!
*Amenities vary by location
Do you qualify for a Free membership at the Y?
You may qualify for FREE membership at the Y with your current health insurance provider. We are proud to accept fitness benefits from the following programs and providers:
6 Benefits of Exercise for Seniors & Aging Adults
Regular physical activity and exercise not only help improve mental and physical health but also helps older adults maintain independence. Here are 6 benefits of exercise:
- Prevents Disease – Helps prevent common diseases like heart disease and diabetes by improving overall immune systems. This is important for seniors as their immune systems are often compromised. Light exercise like walking can be a powerful tool for disease management. Physical Activity can also help reduce blood pressure in some people with hypertension.
- Improves Mental Health – Mental Health benefits of exercise are a good mood booster. Exercise produces endorphins, aka the “feel-good hormone”, which acts as a stress reliever and leaves you feeling happy or satisfied.
- Helps with anxiety and depression
- Improves sleep
- Increases energy
- Improves self-confidence and physical abilities
- Decreases Risk & Falls – Improves strength and flexibility, which helps improve balance and coordination.
- Improves Social Engagement
- Improves Cognitive Function – Studies suggest a lower risk of dementia with physically active adults.
- Physiological Benefits – Benefits every aspect of your body from your bones to your muscles to your organs. Regular exercise strengthens your muscles and your bones which brings relief from common aches and pains, like lower back pain and arthritis, as well as fighting osteoporosis and muscle loss.