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healthy aging: programs for older adults

Aging is a natural process. We don’t want to be forced to give up things we love because of reduced mobility, chronic disease, constant pain, or fear of falling. Unfortunately, we fear the effects of aging, so we cut back on activities that may cause falls or pain, and that only leads to a greater loss of balance and flexibility, increased pain, and greater susceptibility to disease. It’s time to take charge of your health with help from the West Cook YMCA!

Our new Healthy Aging program will support you in becoming your best self, no matter your fitness level or background. We know that the path towards better health looks different for everyone and that there is no “one size fits all” approach to aging well. Our staff is committed to meeting you where you are, and the result is developing a specially curated program that champions health equity, fosters social connections, and helps you live healthier as you live longer.

We invite you to become part of the Healthy Aging Program and discover how, even as we get older, we can continue to be vibrant, contributing members of our community.


Contact Keri Inouye, Healthy Aging Program Coordinator at kinouye@westcookymca.org or 708.434.0235. Check out our program brochure


A complimentary service offered to members 2 times per year. Measure your overall well-being and sit with one of our certified personal trainers to discuss a plan and the programs available to help you achieve vitality. 


Every Friday at the Y is Free Senior Friday! Any senior age 62+ can access the West Cook YMCA facility and any Complimentary (free) classes. Seniors must pay a drop-in fee for Specialty (pay) classes. Access to the facility includes the Spas/Locker Rooms, Wellness Center (including cardio and weight equipment), gyms, Community Learning Center, and the pool - including Senior Swim. Come by and see how the Y can serve you! 


Senior Swim is held every Friday late morning to accommodate all seniors on Free Senior Friday. Please check the current pool schedule on our website or at the Member Engagement Desk to see the most current time slot! 

Older Adult Group Exercise Programming


Fit Over Fifty

An exercise program especially for active older adults.  Must be able to stand on both feet.  Begin with a great cardio workout, followed by strengthening using bands, light weights, balls and more.  End with mat work for a complete workout.

Golden Oldies

Have fun and move to the music through a variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activities of daily living.  Hand-held weights, exercise balls and elastic tubing with handles are offered for resistance.  A chair is available if needed for seated or standing support.

Senior Stretch

Relieve stress, increase flexibility, balance and range of motion.  Work through seated and standing poses.  Chair support offered.  Restorative breathing and relaxation exercises stressed. 

Zumba Gold 

The same great music and choreography of a Zumba class, in a lower-intensity, easy-to-follow format that is perfect for older adults. This modified class introduces simple, effective moves that will improve balance, range of motion, and coordination. Come ready to dance, have fun, and feel empowered!


enrichment Programming

We have expanded our programming to include enrichment opportunities.

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