Active Older Adults

Active Older Adults


Our Active Older Adults programs help seniors maintain a healthy lifestyle and engaged community. Our programs include healthy eating seminars, group fitness classes and events designed to promote mental agility, good health and independence. Programs are open to all ages. We offer a variety of classes such as Chair Yoga, Functional Fitness, Bible Study, Tai Chi and more.

"Neal and I love our Tai Chi (Movement for Better Balance) class. Janet and substitute when she is gone, Tracy ... are fabulous teachers!!"
—Annette, Sherwood Regional Family YMCA Member

Group Exercise and Aquatics Schedule


Curious About the Classes?

Watch this video to see what a typical Active Older Adult class is like.


Some of the Sherwood Regional Family YMCA Active Older Adult classes are held at the Elks Lodge, 8350 SW Warm Springs Street, Tualatin, OR 97062. For more information about the classes, please contact Caz Thomson.


Stay informed with the YMCA of Columbia-Willamette schedule app called Daxko. You can scan your pass, view schedules, upcoming events and receive notifications on classes. Download the app from Google Play or your iTunes app store.


AOA Group Exercise Classes

SilverSneakers® Classic

Increase muscular strength, range of movement, and balance with hand held weights, elastic tubing, and SilverSneakers® balls. Chairs are used for support.

SilverSneakers® Splash

Jump in for a fun low impact, shallow-water class that improves agility, flexibility and endurance. No swimming ability needed. A SilverSneakers® kickboard or other aquatic equipment is used to improve strength, balance and coordination.

SilverSneakers® Circuit

Increase cardiovascular and muscular endurance with a standing circuit workout with a focus on upper body using weights. Chair support can be used ;if needed.

SilverSneakers® Yoga

Move through a complete series of seated and standing yoga poses. Chair support is offered so you can perform a variety of seated & standing postures to increase flexibility, balance and range of movement.

SilverSneakers® Cardiofit

Advanced class for active adults. Safe and effective low impact cardiovascular workout. Energizing and easy to follow moves for total body conditioning to increase cardiovascular & muscular endurance. Strength training also offered.

Zumba Gold®

Zumba® Gold is designed to meet the needs of the active older participant, as well as those just starting their journey to a fit and healthy lifestyle. It's a dance-fitness class set to zesty Latin music, like Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia, and Reggaton.

Gentle Yoga

This class is designed to safely lead you through gentle stretches and yoga poses to increase strength, flexibility, and balance. Blocks, straps and other props may be used to modify yoga poses. Students leave class feeling relaxed and renewed.

Nia Movement to Heal 

Therapeutic moves to allow you to feel better.  Chair is used for support.

Specialty Paid Classes

MFBB | Move For Better Balance

Therapeutic set of rhythmic and functional Tai Chi movements designed to assist with strength and mobility. 
All set at a slow, calming pace. Sept 17 – Dec 5, Tuesday, Thursday 1 PM.  Members $30, Program Participants $60. Register

TaijiFit : Flow into Better Aging 

A new way to embrace the benefits of tai chi – easy to follow moves, to allow you to flow into movement. 
Open to all levels.  No experience necessary. Space is limited. Wednesday Sept 18 – Dec 4, 1 PM–1:45 PM. Members $30, 
Program Participants $60. Register

NEW Seated TaijiFit : Flow into Better Aging

A new way to embrace the benefits of Tai Chi. The easy to follow moves allow you to flow into movement-all from the Chair.
Open to all levels.  No experience necessary. Space is limited.  Monday  Sept. 16 – Dec. 4, 1 PM–1:45 PM. Members $30,
Program Participants, $60. Register

Classic Yang Style Beginner and Advance 

Beginners work on the Tai Chi  8 forms (poses) Advance works on the Tai Chi 24 form. Students will work on individual forms and also gain an understanding of the martial arts application of each form.  Cost Members $50, Program Participants $100.
*Prerequisite: Must complete beginner class before progressing to advance class.
Beginner: Sept 20–Dec 6, Friday 2;15 PM–3 PM  Register
Advanced: Sept 16 – Dec 6, Monday 2:15 PM – 3 PM  Register

Tai Chi

Is a gentle, physical exercise that is excellent for joint mobility, balance and focus. Learn Yang style Tai Chi, working on the traditional 8 & 24 forms. Students will work on individual forms and also gain an understanding of the martial arts application of each form. Must complete beginner class before progressing to advance class.

Nia Fall into Fitness Special Session (7 weeks) 

Nia is a cardio-dance workout that combine 52 simple moves with dance arts, martial arts, and healing arts to get you fit in 60 minutes - body, mind, emotion, and spirit.  Nia is based on the intelligent design of the body. Each workout brings mindfulness to your dance movement experience leaving you energized, mentally clear, and emotionally balanced. Join us for this special session to experience the various aspects of Nia including: Classic Nia, Movement to Heal, 52 Moves, Free Dance, and Move IT (Interval training).  
No experience necessary.  Open to all fitness levels and ages. 
Cost: Members $35;  Program Participants $70. Tuesday Sept. 17–Oct. 29 

AOA Boot Camps

Boomer Camps

Specialty Boot Camps with corrective exercises are offered for the aging body.

AOA Sports

Corn Hole

Join Doug and the Independence Academy in a friendly game or two of Corn Hole. No experience necessary. Corn Hole is a lawn game in which players take turns throwing bags of plastic resin at a raised platform with a hole in the far end. A bag in the hole scores 3 points, while one on the board scores 1 point. Play continues until a team or player reaches or exceeds the score of 21 by means of cancellation scoring

Lunch and Learns

Bone Health and Osteoporosis Education Program for all

Are you fit to a T? 

Thursday Oct. 24 
11:30 AM-12:30 PM 

Bring your lunch and learn all about your T-Score.   
It is all about your bones. If you want to shop ‘til  you drop, golf ‘til your legs aches and line dance ‘til your 84-knowing that your bones will not let you down—here’s what you need to know. 
Space is limited.  Reserve your spot now. 



Senior Wellness Faire

Join us for next year's Senior Wellness Faire on May 27, 2020 10 AM–noon. Senior Wellness Faire attendees learn about the opportunities that are available to help prevent disease and injury—improve and enhance the quality of your life. Find inspiration and motivation to be an advocate for your own health and dive into the positive perceptions of aging.

Social Time

We have various fun activities planned throughout the year. Check the schedule for the latest events or contact Caz .

Spiritual Health

Friendship, Faith and Wellness 

Join the YMCA Chaplain and join our book club where we will learn how to reach out highest level of health and contentment through small, focused changes.  The first book will be Quantum Wellness by Kathy Freston. Monday Sept.16 – May 25, 11:30 AM–12:30 PM.

Bible Study

Contact Caz for more information.