The Greater Scranton YMCA Recognizes Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month

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The Greater Scranton YMCA recognizes the impact of Alzheimer’s in communities and the impact physical activity has on preventing it. Below, the Greater YMCA has information on ways to stay active.

June is National Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. Worldwide, more than 55 million people are living with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. Did you know that studies have shown that physical activity reduces the risk of cognitive decline? At the Greater Scranton YMCA, we promote the importance of physical activity at any age! Just a little bit of activity can go a long way in helping improve brain health. Check out some of the great offerings in our community below, which can be used as a great start on anyone’s health and wellness journey:

Silver Sneakers focuses on strengthening muscles and increasing range of movement for daily life activities. Participants can use hand-held weights, elastic tubing with handles and a Silver Sneakers ball. Often a chair is used for seated exercises or standing support.

The Art of Connection: Spirited Art® is an optimistic, creative painting class for folks who want to learn the basics of acrylic painting in the company of great friends. In each class, we will show you step-by-step how to create your own masterpiece that you can be proud of and take home. Spend some time and relax with us.

Enhance®Fitness is a proven, community-based senior fitness and arthritis management program. Its purpose is to help older adults become more active, energized and empowered for independent living. For more information about Enhance®Fitness, contact Brandon Whipple.

Personal Training: Training with our certified personal trainers is a great way to get in shape safely, efficiently and effectively. They provide the motivation necessary for you to achieve your goals with regular fitness testing, personalized programming and accountability.

For more information, please contact Brandon Whipple, Program Director, at or visit