Specialty Health Programs

Healthy Living For All

Thanks to our generous donors, our YMCA is able to provide specialty health programs to those in our community who are in need. Our programs offer support for Cancer Survivors, Parkinson’s disease, special needs, and fall risk to members of our community.

Delay The Disease

Delay the Disease™ is a fitness program designed to empower people with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) and other neurological disorders by targeting symptoms and optimizing physical function. It is founded on evidence-based, structured exercise routines that are focused on strength training and correcting disease-specific physical challenges. Participation may lead to increased self-confidence and independence, decreased risk of falls, minimized fatigue, reduced rigidity, and improved mobility.

The Valley Shore YMCA is proud to offer this clinically proven program for our shoreline community.

Hope Is Power

A program for adult cancer survivors of all ages and fitness levels. This 12 week small group exercise program is for adults affected by cancer. It is provided under the guidance of specially trained health and wellness staff and offered at no cost to the participants. The program is designed to help individuals rebuild their strength and endurance and regain function that is lost through cancer and its treatment, and gain emotional support to build self-esteem. HOPE is POWER helps survivors move beyond cancer and reclaim their lives.

Tai Ji Quan: Move For Better Balance

In the United States, fall related injuries are a major public health concern for individuals over 65 as well as those living with chronic conditions such as heart disease. Move for Better Balance is a “fall-prevention program” that uses the principles and movements of Tai Chi in helping adults improve and increase their confidence in doing everyday activities.

The program works to improve balance, muscle strength, flexibility, and mobility to enhance overall physical health, which leads to better functioning in daily activities. Led by Mary Charlton & Bethany Nadow, certified Tai Ji Quan: Move for Better Balance instructors.

This program is made possible through a generous grant from the Community Foundation of Middlesex County. This grant is made possible, in part, through the Ann T. D’Addario Family Foundation Fund, John A. Barr Jr. Fund, and the Jean and Biff Shaw Fund.

Program Directory

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Do you want to register for this session only, or for multiple sessions of this program at this location?

For Delay the Disease and Hope is power, set up an appointment with Josh MacNiven, Health & Wellness Director

(860)399-9622 x 121

For Ti-Ji-Quan, contact Bethany Nadow, Group Exercise Coordinator for more information.

(860)399-9622 x 117