October 18, 2017

Hoping YMCA Will Maintain and Expand Life Enhancing Program for Senior Citizens

To The Editor:

I have been a member of the YMCA for many years and have found the aerobic exercises in the basement very helpful. Lately I have such trouble navigating the steep staircase to reach the gym in the basement that I have been unable to continue with the exercises. However, a month ago, a new program called Senior Strong was offered (mainly chair exercises) in a different space on the ground floor. These workouts include light aerobic exercises, and exercises with weights, tubes, and balls to improve overall strength and coordination. These exercises have helped me very much. In earlier years and now again I thank the teacher, Virginia Soltis, very warmly. She is an expert and encouraging trainer with rare human talents.

There is a fly in the ointment. The new class on the ground floor is undersubscribed. In that circumstance, there is always worry that a space will be reassigned.

I would like to thank the administration of the YMCA for making it possible for people with limited mobility to take part in the their wonderful program. I very much hope that the YMCA will see the way clear for maintaining and expanding this life enhancing program for senior citizens.

Anne Morrison
Linwood Circle