The Active Living Center at the Andover/N. Andover YMCA is a one-of-a kind resource when it comes to promoting health and wellness for older adults. Provided through a generous donation from the Wood Family Trust, with programs made possible through the generous support of the Andover Home for Aged People, the center consists of trained staff, state-of-the-art equipment, and specialized services to ensure older adults have access to the very best resources to promote a healthy lifestyle.
Members Janice and Jack DeRoche and Lili Fundeklian offer their perspective on the Active Living Center.
An active lifestyle is the single best strategy to help us stay more independent as we age, giving us the physical capacity do the things that are important to us. It can help us get stronger, improve balance, feel more energized, prevent disability and prevent or control chronic health problems like arthritis, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Not just physical health, experts believe that an active body promotes an active mind: exercise improves memory, mental alertness, mood, and feelings of well-being.
The specially trained and caring staff of the Active Living Center offer a variety of tailored programs, activities, and service for older adults including:
Faculty and students from the Merrimack College Health Sciences program contribute programming expertise and personalized instruction as they skillfully support activities held at the center.
The Active Living Center is staffed Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 2:00pm. Program activities during these designated hours are tailored to active older adults.
The Active Living Center is offered free of charge to all members of the Merrimack Valley YMCA. Some special events may require a minimal fee but participation is optional.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact: Kelley O’Hara at email@example.com or 978-685-3541.