Yesterday, YMCA Club polished off our dancing shoes to host the annual Seniors’ Christmas party. The lively event was attended by around 100 members and their guests, and featured lunch and drinks followed by belly dancing with veils and grooving along to ABBA hits. Our members threw themselves into the celebrations with infectious enthusiasm, proving you’re never too old to have the time of your life – or to strut your stuff on the dance floor.
We caught up with some of the partygoers to talk fun, fitness and the festive season. Kent, who has been coming to the club for over 20 years, attends three times a week. He takes the Older Adult Cycle class, and works out on the treadmill and cross-trainer. Kent says “When you get to a certain age, you’ve got to keep going, keep moving – otherwise you’re likely to seize up.” Kent couldn’t talk for much longer – the dance floor beckoned! Nada has been a member for two years, and enjoys taking part in the Stretch, Core and Relaxation class and the Older Adult Cycle Class. Nada’s favourite thing about the club is the friendly people and the great atmosphere – both of which she was enjoying at the party.
We’d like to give a massive thank you to the local branch of Waitrose who provided the majority of the food free of charge as part of their Christmas Giving Back campaign, an initiative run by the chain to support charities and other not-for-profit organisations in providing community Christmas lunch events. Waitrose volunteers helped out at the event, including Caroline, who was really getting into the spirit of the festivities and found the whole experience extremely rewarding. ”It’s lovely to be able to give older people the opportunity to have some fun. “ Caroline says. ”At Waitrose we want to provide resources to help make a real difference to communities.”
These values reflect those of the Central YMCA, and attending the Older Adult’s Group at the YMCA Club is a brilliant way to both get fit and make new friends. Howard, who has been a member of the club for 11 years, joined through a healthy heart programme recommended by his doctor. He thinks the YMCA Club do a great job in providing facilities and classes for older adults, and has made a number of really good friends here with whom to compare notes on living an active lifestyle – some of whom he went out with just the other day for lunch!
The event was a roaring success, and we can’t wait to do it all again next year. We would like to wish all of our older adults a very happy Christmas.
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