HEALTH PROGRAMS FOR THE SPIRIT, MIND AND BODY
Our Ys are committed to offering programs that are specifically targeted to help those with chronic diseases and health challenges, to help alleviate symptoms, prevent onset and to aid in recovery. From obesity and heart disease to LIVESTRONG at the YMCA for cancer survivors and Parkinson’s, the Y is here to better the health of our entire community.
Parkinson's SMART Program
Stressless Motivation And Restorative Techniques.
Parkinson's SMART Program is great for anyone with Parkinson’s or Multiple Sclerosis. Led by Gail Perry Borden, Fitness Professional and Parkinsonian, the class focuses on researched based exercise specifically for Parkinson’s that is neuro-plasticity principled, and holds promise to slow disease progression, restore motor function, increase longevity & quality of life.
Participants should be able to walk and stand unassisted. Individuals with MS, as well as caregivers are welcome to attend. Class length is 90 minutes.
Lynch/van Otterloo YMCA, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:30am
Ipswich Family YMCA, Mondays and Wednesdays 10:30am.
LIVESTRONG at the YMCA
12 week program
FREE due to the generosity of our donors.
INCLUDES a complimentary 12-week YMCA membership.
Greater Beverly (Sterling) YMCA
Plaistow Community YMCA
Cape Ann YMCA
Ipswich Family YMCA
Lynch/van Otterloo YMCA
LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a small group program designed for adult cancer survivors. This program fulfills the important need of supporting the increasing number of cancer survivors who find themselves in the transitional period between completing their cancer treatment and the shift to feeling physically and emotionally strong enough to attempt to return to their normal life or their "new normal". The program is conducted outside of medical facilities to emphasize that LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is about health, not disease.
Our goal is to help participants build muscle mass and muscle strength, increase flexibility and endurance and improve functional ability. Additional goals include reducing the severity of therapy side effects, preventing unwanted weight changes and improving energy levels and self esteem. A final goal of the program is to assist participants in developing their own physical fitness program so they can continue to practice a healthy lifestyle, not only as part of their recovery, but as a way of life.
In addition to the physical benefits, the program provides participants a supportive environment and a feeling of community with their fellow survivors, YMCA staff and members. YMCA fitness instructors work with each participant to fit the program to their individual needs. The instructors are trained in the elements of cancer, post rehab exercise and supportive cancer care.
Contact us for more information:
Greater Beverly YMCA: Lee Benton
Haverhill YMCA: Sarah Concemi
Plaistow Community YMCA: Sarah Concemi
Lynch/Van Otterloo YMCA: Martha Potvin
Cape Ann YMCA: Lisa Caron
Ipswich Family YMCA: Terry Gauthier
GET READY TO MOVE: There’s no doubt about it— Enhance®Fitness gets you moving. And because you’re encouraged to move at your own pace it’s never more than you can handle. In fact, we’ll meet you where you are and help you gain strength, flexibility and balance.
Our aim: To help you feel better EnhanceFitness is geared toward older adults, and those with a chronic condition, such as arthritis, need not worry; you’ll never have to do anything that hurts. We have chairs you can use for support, if necessary. When you’re ready you can add soft ankle and wrist weights to your workout.