The Y supports active older adults while providing programs that give an extra edge to good health that is needed to meet life's changing challenges. Older people need to continue to have a mission in their lives, a sense of direction and purpose.
The Y offers a variety of opportunities and activities including exercise, wellness programs, community service, day trips, meals, health fairs, screenings and special interest classes. The Y is a place that active older adults can depend on; a place where they can enrich their lives and develop new skills, new interests and make new friends. Each YMCA branch offers a variety of activities for older adults.
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LINCOLN PARK SENIOR CENTER
YMCA Receives $10,000 Services for Elderly iFund Grant
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (February 26, 2015) – The Y is pleased to announce it has received a $10,000 grant from the Oklahoma City Community Foundation and its Services for Elderly iFund grant program. The grant will be used to assist in funding the Y’s Lincoln Park Senior Center Independent Living Program’s Wellness Initiative which will allow the Y to increase its level of service to the population that it serves.
Many Oklahoma City seniors spend their days at the Lincoln Park Senior Center, where they come together to enjoy a meal, learn computer basics, attend a group exercise class, play games, and talk. Funding from the Oklahoma City Community Foundation’s iFund Service for the Elderly grant will bring OK 5210 into the Lincoln Park Senior Center. OK 5210 stands for 5 fruits and vegetables a day; 2 hours or less of screen time; 1 hour of physical activity; 0 sugary beverages.
“Exercise, peer support, nutrition education and access to fresh and vegetables is vital for health at any age,” said Angela Jones, Health and Wellness Director for the Y. “Funding will provide seniors with a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables to snack on or take home daily and the opportunity to grow their own garden just outside of the Center. As part of the OK 5210 initiative, nutritionists and YMCA staff members will provide ongoing OK 5210 wellness education and activities for seniors at the Center this year.”
The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the Oklahoma City Metro, 12 Ys engage 160,000 men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities across the country, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change.
Founded in 1969, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation works with donors and organizations to create endowments that address needs and opportunities within the community. The Services for Elderly iFund grant program represents a compilation of contributions from donors who want to support grants to help keep senior citizens safe and living independently in their own homes. For more information on the iFund grant program, please visit www.ifundokc.org. For more information on the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, please visit www.occf.org.
For more information about the Y’s LINCOLN PARK SENIOR CENTER or the OK 5210 initiative, contact Angela Jones at AJones@ymcaokc.org or at 405 297 7737.