Active Older Adults

Fitness, Programs, and Activities for Seniors

The Denver YMCA caters to seniors with classes, activities, and events that nurture their spirit, mind, and body.

The Y’s active older adult programs provide opportunities, support, and guidance to safely maintain and improve health and wellness, so everyone can lead their fullest lives possible — at any age.  All programs are presented by trained YMCA staff and are developed to meet the needs of older adults.

In addition to exercise and fitness, the Denver YMCA gives seniors confidence, care and respect, and a sense of community the Y is known for.

The friends I’ve made here are the kind of friends you have for a lifetime. – Nancy Smith, Y member since 2003.

The Denver YMCA’s senior programs vary by location and include:

Health and wellness programs

Active Older Adult Fitness

The Y’s fitness classes can help older adults benefit from appropriate and regularly scheduled activity. Members get a well-balanced workout that includes warm-up, cardio, strength, and flexibility exercises.

Fit After 50 - Focusing on flexibility, strength, and balance, this class incorporates gentle yoga with free weights and resistance balls.

Fall Prevention - “Moving for Better Balance” uses the principles of Tai Chi to teach balance skills and good body alignment through coordinated, flowing movements. This class helps seniors improve balance and mobility, increase confidence, and reduce the risk of falling.  

Arthritis Care - In these classes, seniors stretch, tone, and move in both gym and pool classes to maintain a full range of motion. Classes include a series of specifically designed activities that help improve joint flexibility and relieve pain and stiffness. Sponsored by the National Arthritis Foundation. (Doctor's permission required)

MS Care - This aquatics class is designed specifically for individuals with Multiple Sclerosis or other special needs to help them build muscular strength, flexibility, and range of motion. Modifications are used to accommodate each participant's abilities. The pool is accessible via a chair lift.

Parkinson’s Disease Care - In these classes, seniors promote movement, core strength, balance, and endurance to reduce the effects of Parkinson’s Disease. Offered in both low intensity and high intensity, these classes encourage participants to push themselves while staying safe.

SilverSneakers® - The Downtown, Schlessman, Littleton and Southwest Ys offers several classes through this national program that helps older adults take greater control of their health. Classes vary by location but may include? 

  • SilverSneakers® Classic
  • SilverSneakers® Circuit
  • SilverSneakers® Cardio
  • SilverSneakers® Yoga
  • SilverSneakers® Splash
  • SilverSneakers® Range of Motion

Community and social activities

At the Y, seniors meet new friends who are at the same point in life and going through the same kinds of things.

Denver YMCA seniors enjoy:

  • Day trips to some of the best destinations in town.
  • Ongoing learning through presentations fromauthors, experts, and teachers on a variety of interesting topics. 
  • Activities includingregular movie nights, potlucks, and parties.
  • Clubs such as bridge clubs, game groups, and special-interest clubs. 
“At the Y, there’s a sense of family — of community — that you won’t find elsewhere.” BJ Bachman, Senior Physical Coordinator

Locations and more details:

Downtown YMCA, Downtown Denver, senior programs

Littleton Family YMCA, Littleton, senior programs

Schlessman Family YMCA, University Hills, senior programs

Southwest Family YMCA, Denver, senior programs

Susan M. Duncan YMCA, Arvada, senior programs