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Active Older Adults

Improving the nation's health and well-being.

Take advantage of all the YMCA has to offer through the SilverSneakers® program. At no cost to you, many benefits are available to help you maintain and improve your health and well-being. Please contact us to find out if your health care provider is part of this great program. To help you get started the YMCA of Greater Whittier offers beginner land aerobic classes, water classes, and healthy lifestyle training.

Chair support is offered to safely perform a variety of postures designed to increase flexibility, balance, and range of movement. Restorative breathing exercises and final relaxation will promote stress reduction and mental clarity.

Combine fun and fitness to increase your cardiovascular and muscular endurance power with a standing circuit workout.

Upper-body strength work using hand-held weights, elastic tubing with handles, and a ball is alternated with non-impact aerobic choreography. A chair is offered for support, head-to-toe stretching, and complete relaxation in a comfortable position.

Have fun and move to the music through a variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement, and activity for daily living skills.

Hand-held weights, elastic tubing with handles, and a ball are offered for resistance, and a chair is used for seated and/or standing support.

Here at the YMCA of Greater Whittier, we offer a variety of water-based classes that benefit the whole body—as well as the whole person!

Water aerobics, pool running, or regular swimming workouts can all give you a great exercise session without the cumbersome constraints of gravity. Water exercise strengthens the heart, lungs, and muscles; builds physical endurance; alleviates strain on joints; and is an ideal means of relaxation. Moreover, our water classes are great social outlets. Meet staff and fellow members who will provide you with encouragement and fitness support!

All specialty aquatic classes are free with full membership, so why wait? Jump right in—the water’s fine!


Silversneakers® and Silver & Fit are fun, energizing programs that help older adults take greater control of their health by encouraging physical activity and offering social events.

These programs are benefits offered to members of many medicare plans across the U.S. If you are part of a medicare health plan or if you are a group retiree you may already have the Silversneakers® or Silver & Fit benefit.

Find out if your health plan or medicare supplement carrier offers either of these programs, and you can sign up for a FREE membership to the YMCA of Greater Whittier.

United Healthcare Renew Active

Renew Active™ from United Healthcare, available with select Medicare Advantage plans. Designed around you and your goals, Renew Active offers access to the YMCA of Greater Whittier to enjoy our group fitness classes, as well as online brain exercises to help keep both your body and your mind active — all at no additional cost.

United Healthcare AARP

If you are 65+ and hold an AARP Medicare Supplement Insurance plan with United Healthcare, you may join the Y at 50% off the senior adult membership rate at the Y!

How To Get Started:

To enroll in the program, plan holders must obtain an “Activation Letter” by calling the AARP Medicare Supplement Plan Call Center at 1-800-523-5800.

Please note: The AARP Medicare Supplement Membership Program at the YMCA will be evaluated each year.

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