Local YMCA quickly pivots to ensure seniors can work out remotely

Posted at 5:31 AM, Aug 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-06 08:16:47-04

BROWN DEER — As businesses reopen, there is a section of our community that may still be a step behind us all: senior citizens.

The YMCA has created an online portal for seniors to manage the pressure of feeling isolated and staying healthy through this pandemic.

72-year-old Rosemary Bazylewicz-Murtha puts us all to shame, working out five to seven days a week.

She lost 60 pounds and has kept it off for four years, working out at Rite Site YMCA in Brown Deer.

That came to a halt when COVID-19 hit. She decided to walk outside, but Rosemary says, “My knees started hurting and I really missed the Y because I did a lot of things here.”

Jacob Byrne says everyone at the YMCA has been working hard to pivot after the pandemic, especially for seniors. The organization decided to call more than 500 seniors in southeast Wisconsin.

Rosemary was happy to get Jacob’s call. She found out the Y created an entire online portal for her to continue her workouts, “There’s a chair aerobics out there, that’s about 45 minutes long, that's phenomenal there’s morning stretch and they’re fun!”

Here’s your Rebound Rundown:

  • The YMCA has moved group classes online.
  • The Y is regularly checking on seniors.
  • This includes helping them access their online portal and other health services in the community.
  • Click here to learn more.

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