Active Older Adults

The Duluth Y’s Active Older Adult programs accommodate a wide variety of interests and functional abilities of older adults. Active Older Adults programs include water exercise, strength building, stability gaining, yoga and stretching classes. The Duluth Y also offers socialization opportunities such as cribbage & coffee and monthly social excursions.

So come and join the Y for some fun, fitness, friends, and learning!

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Active Older Adult Group Exercise Classes:

NEW! Moving for Better Balance Workshop

Tai Ji Quan is a falls prevention program derived from traditional Tai Chi movements and enhanced as a therapeutic practice to help older adults improve balance, coordination and postural control.

This tailored workshop is led by trained coaches who guide people in learning a core eight-form routine and eight therapeutic movements from the Tai Chi Yang-style.

By the end of 12-weeks, participants report improved cognitive and physical functional abilities and reduced incidence of falls. Developed by Dr. Fuzhong Li, Ph.D., Oregon Research Institute.

12 Weeks, 2x per week; 1-hr/Sessions

Day/Dates:  Mon/Wed, June 5-August 30, 2017

Time:  3:00-4:00 pm

Location:  Downtown YMCA, Duluth

Recommended for age 60 or older adults, able to walk and problem-solve.

Cost:  suggested donation; $5 per session or based on sliding fee scale—no one denied participation.

Light & Low
Increase mobility, balance, range of movement, and strength in this gentle conditioning class. Uses light free weights, resistance bands, and ball for coordination. Chair is available for use.


Gentle Yoga
Focuses on slow stretches, flexibility, and deep breathing to help reduce stress. This class includes safe and gently moves that enhance the flexibility of your spine and the muscles that control it.


Silver Sneakers® Classic
Designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activity for daily living skills. Hand-held weights, elastic tubing with handles and a ball are offered for resistance, and a chair is used for seated and/or standing support.


Water Aerobics
Low impact, therapeutic, aerobic, and strength conditioning class.


Specialty Group Exercise Classes
Adaptive Yoga
The Duluth Y has partnered with the Courage Kenny Northland organization to offer our members and community this excellent program. This program was developed for youth and adults with physical disabilities (MD, CP, MS, spinal cord injuries, etc). Adaptive Yoga is designed to increase strength, flexibility, balance, and ability to focus inward through the active practice of postures.To register, contact Mark Hanna at 218.726.4834


Social Gatherings
Time to get out and have some fun! Go on guided walks to see the fall leaves, listen to the serene sounds by the symphony, or dance the night away! Each season, we’ll be offering something fun for members and community members to come and participate in.


Cribbage & Coffee
Take this change to relax and play some cribbage with others. Coffee and snacks are provided. Grab a cup of coffee and get a game going! Coffee and Cribbage takes place every Wednesday from 1-3pm at the Y at Woodland located at 3211 Allendale Ave, Duluth. FREE for YMCA and Woodland Community Center Members. All others, $1.00.


*NEW* Bridge & Coffee
More fun throughout the week! Join others on Mondays at the YMCA at Woodland for a fun game or two of Bridge. For more information, contact the Woodland Community Center.


NEW!!  Living Well with Chronic Conditions Workshop

This workshop guides people in exploring healthy ways to live and maintain active lifestyles while managing chronic conditions such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease, fibromyalgia and arthritis. It teaches practical skills to manage the depression and isolation that accompanies chronic conditions. Leave with tools and confidence that make a difference in how you live.

Open to adults with chronic conditions, family members and caregivers. This interactive workshop is facilitated by peer leaders trained to guide people to develop plans that meet their specific needs. Developed by Stanford University and part of their health self-management series of workshops.

Six Sessions | 2 1/2  hr. per class

Day, Dates:  Tuesdays, May 16-June 20

Time:  1:00-3:30

Location:  3211 Allendale Ave, Duluth

Cost: Suggested donation per session; $5 or based on sliding fee scale—no one is denied participation

Contact Alisha Bradley, 218.722.4745, email or register online:




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Duluth, MN 55802
Phone: (218) 722-4745
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