What's Happening: National Senior Health & Fitness Day events

Tomorrow, May 28, is the 21st annual National Senior Health & Fitness Day. Over 100,000 older adults are expected to participate in this year’s program under the theme of “Make a Move Toward Better Health!”

Here are a few events taking place in the Philadelphia area:

Rydal Park Continuing Care Community, Jenkintown:

Fitness expert Angelina McNellis will lead exercise demonstrations. Ms. McNellis has worked exclusively with older adults at Rydal Park for the past 15 years. She will be explaining her “5 Tips for Seniors to Staying Active & Healthy” and will provide demonstrations from 10-11 a.m.

Pool and Fitness Center at Rydal Park, 1515 The Fairway, Jenkintown, Pa. 19046

Mini Health Fairs, various branches of the Freedom Valley YMCA Association:

Contact Tasha Dougherty for more details at (484) 984-2000.                                                           

Abington YMCA, 1073 Old York Road, Abington, Pa. 19001

Roxborough YMCA, 7201 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa. 19128

Phoenixville YMCA, 400 East Pothouse Road, Phoenixville, Pa. 19460

Haverford YMCA, 891 North Eagle Road, Havertown, Pa. 19083

Ambler YMCA, 1325 McKean Road, Ambler, Pa. 19002

Hatboro YMCA, 440 South York Road, Hatboro, Pa. 19040

Christian Street YMCA, 1724 Christian Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19146

Columbia North YMCA, 1400 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19121

Audubon YMCA, 2460 Boulevard of the Generals, West Norriton, Pa. 19403

Spring Valley YMCA, 19 West Linfield-Trappe Road, Limerick, Pa. 19468

Pottstown YMCA, 724 Adams Street, Pottstown, Pa. 19464

Boyertown YMCA, 301 West Spring Street, Boyertown, Pa. 19512

CareOne East Brunswick, East Brunswick, N.J.:

Older adults are invited to get fit by enjoying exercising, music and dancing with DJ Randy Rae from 11:00 a.m.—12:30 p.m. Free lunch will be served. RSVP to Beth Sholom (Executive Director of Right at Home of Central New Jersey) at 732-967-0900 or beths@rightathomeofcnj.com.

CareOne East Brunswick, 599 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick, N.J. 08816

The Becoming Center, Ambler, Pa.:

The Becoming Center will offer the Senior Fitness Test on May 29th as a way for the Becoming Center’s trained professionals to obtain valuable information about your physical abilities, so we can better help you lead a healthy lifestyle.

The Senior Fitness test includes the following stations:

  • Height and Weight: This gives us a Body Mass Index (BMI) score that determines if you are at a healthy weight.
  • Blood Pressure and Heart Rate: This is an indicator of cardiovascular health.
  • 30-Second Chair Stand: Tests leg strength.
  • 30-Second Arm Curl: Tests arm strength.
  • 2-Minute Step: Tests endurance.
  • Chair Sit and Reach: Tests leg flexibility.
  • Back Scratch: Tests shoulder range of motion.
  • 8-Foot Up & Go: Tests balance, mobility and fall risk.

You will be given a copy of your results, which includes explanations of each tests and recommendations on how to improve your scores.

The Becoming Center, 250 North Bethlehem Pike, Ambler, Pa. 19002

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