The YMCA of Metro Atlanta is proud to announce its partnership with DeKalb County to enhance the health and wellness of DeKalb’s seniors through free water fitness classes at their local Y.
Two hundred seniors will have access to the Y’s water fitness classes Monday through Friday, between the hours of 9-11 a.m., during the year-long pilot. Individuals must be a member of the county’s senior center to qualify.
“DeKalb County conducted focus groups and surveys with their seniors, and overwhelmingly, water exercise classes were the most requested type of exercise by the seniors,” said Kristin McEwen, Senior VP of Operations at the YMCA of Metro Atlanta. “We are excited about this innovative pilot and the opportunity to provide programming to the seniors in our communities.”
Since most of the county’s senior centers do not have swimming pools, the new program will help meet this need and double DeKalb’s capacity for senior aquatics classes. The county’s six senior centers are strategically located near local YMCAs that already offer aquatics programming and are equipped with locker room amenities for seniors to use.
The Y offers fitness classes designed for older adults and accommodates a wide variety of interests and functional abilities. Water fitness provides many benefits for seniors and is an excellent way to gain strength and increase flexibility.
“Water exercise is a very joint-friendly workout, which makes it ideal for the aging population and anyone with arthritis or other joint issues, including knee and hip replacements,” says Jennifer Rewkowski, Director of Program Management at the YMCA of Metro Atlanta.
Read our recent feature in the AJC to learn more about our partnership with DeKalb County.