AARP and YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) today announced they will partner in 10 U.S. communities to create and deliver programming and local events focused on the health and well-being of residents of all ages. AARP and Y-USA said the communities were selected in order to reach a variety of people, cultures, and community sizes. They are: Asheville, NC; Bismarck, ND; Treasure Valley, ID; Burlington, VT; Colorado Springs, CO; Long Island, NY; Houston, TX; Jacksonville, FL; Rapid City, SD, and Sussex County, DE.
In each local market, teams of AARP and YMCA staff and volunteers will engage residents and members in events and activities intended to help reduce social isolation, improve physical health, encourage wellness, and stimulate learning, among other initiatives, the organizations said.
“Partnering with the Y on community-focused programming that helps people maintain and improve their health and overall well-being as they age is a natural fit for AARP and we’re very happy to be a part of it,” AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins said.
“AARP shares our commitment to strengthening communities, and this partnership will support the Y’s efforts to help people of all ages live their healthiest lives,” said Kevin Washington, President and CEO, YMCA of the USA. “We’re excited to get started and enhance our existing portfolio of programs and services for older adults and their families.”
The programming will begin in late summer in most communities and run through the fall. AARP and Y-USA will explore additional opportunities to help people live healthier, more engaged lives based on these first 10 programs, the organizations said.