../Morning Post
Posted May 27 , 2010
Human Resources

The YMCA Promotes Healthy Living of Older Adults


WATERLOO REGION – June is recognized nationally as Seniors’ Month and the YMCA’s of Cambridge and Kitchener- Waterloo are celebrating by giving all older adults (55+) the opportunity to come and try the Y for free anytime during the month of June. Special programs and events are also planned for older adults throughout the month to promote healthy living.

According to the Waterloo Region Health Status report (April, 2010), 60.4% of older adults (55+) living in Waterloo Region are physically inactive. By 2028, the proportion of older adults in Waterloo Region is projected to grow by 8.8%, from 22% to 30.8% of the overall population.

“This report describes a growing trend of unhealthy living among our region’s older adults that is alarming” said Crystal Hughes, Program Coordinator, YMCAs of Cambridge and Kitchener-Waterloo. “There are so many risks associated with physical inactivity. At the YMCA, we see every day the incredible benefits of active living in our members, benefits that can be enjoyed even if started later in life.”

Canada’s Physical Activity Guide for Older Adults recommends that older adults accumulate 30-60 minutes daily of moderate physical activity that includes endurance, flexibility, strength and balance training. The YMCA recognizes that one of the hardest parts of being active regardless of one’s age is getting started. The YMCA wants to see this unacceptable rate of inactivity decrease by supporting older adults in applying these guidelines set forth by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Carla Almeida, Program Supervisor at the YMCA of Cambridge, agrees and notes that, “people who make physical activity a priority in their life not only improve their quality of everyday living, they prevent the risk of many chronic diseases or can manage the pain and complications of these diseases more effectively through exercise.”

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