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Active Older Adults

The Y is proud to offer a variety of Active Older Adults programs committed to helping seniors maintain a healthy lifestyle and strengthen social ties. Participants in the program enjoy group outings, health education seminars, group fitness classes, volunteer opportunities and events designed to promote mental agility, good health and independence. Basic daily exercise provides many health benefits and may decrease illness, chronic disease, fatigue and the risk of falling.

Kannapolis Active Older Adults Calendar


Mondays: Open play is from 10:30am-12:30pm in the Gym

Try this increasingly popular sport that provides a great workout while offering a very social and competitive game.

About the Game
Pickleball is a fun sport that combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping pong. It is played on a court the same size as a doubles badminton court and measures 20 feet wide and 44 feet long. The court is used for both singles and doubles play. The net height is 36 inches at the sidelines and 34 inches in the middle. The game is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced game for experienced players.

The Equipment
When playing pickleball, each player uses a pickleball paddle, which is smaller than a tennis racquet but larger than a ping-pong paddle. Next is the pickleball. The ball itself is unique. It is a perforated plastic ball with holes through it like a wiffle ball. There are different ball models intended for indoor and outdoor play. The ball travels at 1/3 the speed of a tennis ball and is usually white or yellow in color.

Net, paddles, balls and court lines can be checked out at the Member Service Desk.

Contact: Fran Claiborne at fclaiborne@cannonymca.org.


Mondays and Thursdays | 12:15-3:30pm
Meet us in the Fit Zone.

Playing Bridge is also like playing mental gymnastics. A study at Cal Berkeley found that an area in the brain used in playing Bridge stimulates the immune system. Strengthen your memorization and visualization with this entertaining card game.

Mexican Train Dominoes

Wednesdays | 10am
All levels welcome to play in the Lobby.

Prayer Breakfast

Third Thursday of the month | 9-10am
Please bring a monetary donation.


Third Thursday of the month | 10am
Please bring a small $1 item for a prize.

Lunch & Learn

First Thursday of the month | 11:30am
Please bring a dish to share!
Sign up at the Member Service Desk.

Older Adult Dances

First Saturday of the month
Put on your dancing shoes and come out to dance the night away with friends.

See the details for the next dance here.


West Cabarrus Active Older Adults Calendar

Book Club

Tuesday, Nov 12 | 9:30-11am | Conference Room
Life Goes On by Phillip Gulley

Crafting Club

Meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month.
Wednesday, Nov 13 | 10am-12pm | Conference Room
Wednesday, Nov 27 | 10am-12pm | Conference Room

Lunch, Fun and Learn

We have a presentation by Sharon McInnis from Cabarrus Funeral Home.
Friday, Nov 14 | 11:30am-1pm | Williams Room


Nellie Allseitz, Active Older Adults Coordinator
aoacoordinator@cannonymca.org, 704.795.9622 x246

Harrisburg AOA Calendar

Crowinds Winterfest

Saturday, Dec 7 | $20
WinterFest will be your chance to experience Carowinds like never before. The park will undergo a magical transformation, complete with over 5 million shimmering lights, a 70-foot tree, live shows, strolling performers, interactive experiences, arts and crafts, Santa and special holiday dishes that will delight.

Contact Christine Vanard for more details at cvanard@cannonymca.org or 704.454.7800.

Register by Nov 30.

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AOA Zumba Gold

Mondays and Thursdays | 10:30-11:30am

Fit over 50

Thursdays | 8:30-9:30am


Mondays | 12:15-1:00pm
Wednesdays | 10:30-11:30am

Chair Yoga

Wednesdays | 11:30am-12:30pm

Tai Chi Mondays for Harrisburg

Mondays | 9:30-10:15am


Fitness is Timeless®

The Silver&Fit® program is designed for older adults! By exercising regularly and meeting new people, you can be Silver, Fit and Fabulous® too!

Silver&Fit® Membership

Silver&Fit® provides eligible members with no cost or low cost fitness memberships through arrangements with certain health plans. Contact your insurance provider to find out if you can be part of this program. Learn more at www.SilverandFit.com.

If you are interested in enrolling, please come by the Members Service Desk at any of our three locations with your health plan membership card.


Get Fit Your Way

The Y is a great place for active older adults to take advantage of specialized exercise and health education classes and to enjoy social programs with others of similar interests. These activities have been shown to help older adults maintain good health, reduce health care costs and lead an active, independent lifestyle.

Healthways SilverSneakers® is a national program for active older adults. If your health plan includes the SilverSneakers® Fitness Program as part of your benefit package, you can enjoy Kannapolis YMCA activities at no additional cost. Call your insurance provider to see if you are eligible. For more information on the SilverSneakers® program, call 1-888-432-4632 or visit www.silversneakers.com.

If you are interested in enrolling, please come by the Member Service Desk at any of our three locations with your health plan membership card.

Ten Ways You Can Get Involved  

  1. Read a great book and join the discussion during our monthly Book Club.
  2. Attend a free self-defense workshop.
  3. Enjoy great music and dancing twice a month at our senior dances.
  4. Go on a walking tour of Old Salem with a group.
  5. Participate in group exercise classes with active older adults in mind.
  6. Work on your crafts with others during our Crafting Club.
  7. Enjoy activities like Ping Pong, billiards and cards every Tuesday and Thursday.
  8. Attend a Lunch and Learn with topics like this month's: "Learn How to Avoid Being Scammed”.
  9. Use our pools to swim laps or participate in water aerobics.
  10. Enjoy fellowship with other active older adults like yourself at the Y!

YMCAs in Rowan and Cabarrus Counties will Join Together

The boards of directors of the YMCA of Rowan County and Cannon Memorial YMCA of Cabarrus County have voted to merge effective January 1, 2020. The new Association will be called Rowan-Cabarrus YMCA.

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