Seniors in our communities have been severely impacted by the pandemic, often struggling with hardships, health issues and feelings of disconnection. A staggering 45% of those surveyed in Honolulu County reported distress due to loneliness, anxiety and isolation.
Staying active physically is also important; active lifestyles help prevent common diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s. Exercise can also improve mental health, mobility, strength and balance — all essential for reducing the risk of falls.
YMCA Senior Programs
The YMCA prioritizes seniors’ health and well-being. Engaging activities in a safe environment help members connect with each other. Bodies are strengthened and community bonds built.
YMCA senior memberships are available at discounted rates or free with certain Medicare plans like Kaiser or HMSA’s Silver & Fit – Kaiser or United-Healthcare’s Renew Active. Financial assistance is also available for those who need it.
Membership benefits include unlimited access to classes such as Zumba Gold or line dancing; heated pools for water exercises; yoga; stretching; chair-based strength training and aerobics; pickleball; gardening clubs; book clubs; walking clubs and more.
The YMCA’s state-of-the-art fitness centers are equipped with user-friendly machines while friendly staff are ready to assist if needed. Virtual programs are available, too, allowing members to tune in from home when they be unable to attend in person.
Free Kūpuna Food and Fun for the Community
In partnership with the City and County of Honolulu Elderly Affairs Department, the YMCA also offers free nutritious lunchtime meals, socializing, enrichment, and physical activity classes at seven YMCA locations three times a week. No YMCA membership is required, but registration is required since spots are limited.
Work or Volunteer at the YMCA
The YMCA is always seeking talented individuals to join their staff team or volunteer. Work with children in the YMCA’s afterschool or child watch programs, or volunteer to help with programs like Kūpuna Food and Fun.
YMCA OF HONOLULU (501(c) 3 nonprofit)
Metro Office: 1441 Pali Hwy., Honolulu, HI 96813
808-531-9622 | info@YMCAhonolulu.org
For information on membership, working or volunteering; and for the Kūpuna Food & Fun program, please call 808-678-4296.