If you think you’re seeing an increase of older adults hitting the gym or getting active outside, it’s not your imagination. It seems the message about the importance of staying active and socially connected as we age is gaining traction. In fact, the Kamloops Community YMCA-YWCA reports that in 2018 alone they have seen their active aging and seniors’ memberships grow by 30%.

The Kamloops-Y recognized they needed to not only increase the number of programs offered but also needed to support those with limited mobility or chronic diseases such as Parkinson’s, Arthritis or Multiple Sclerosis.

An application to Interior Savings’ Community Investment Fund netted a $15,000 grant for the Kamloops Y to purchase the equipment they needed to grow their programs and purchase specialized equipment such as Active Hands: glove-like gripping aids that help people to use hand-held weights and various types of weight machines and equipment.

The results? More inclusive programming that is helping people build strength, confidence and social connections. But don’t take our word for it. Watch the video below and hear from the participants themselves.