YMCA Benefits Seniors/Seniors Inspire the YMCA Community

YMCA of Broome member, Ed, quips with a hint of his wry humor, “It‘s better to wear out than rust out!”


Ed reaches a milestone birthday this year… 95 years old. He maintains an active Y membership. He swims at the West Family YMCA pool and/or works out in Wellness Center twice a week. The physical limitations that keep him from driving don’t deter him; if his daughter, Pat, can’t take him, he hops on the Castle Garden’s bus to get to the facility.


YMCA Trainer Sue noted, “Ed’s Wellness Workout card is dated September 2005. I have had the privilege of working with him  in the Wellness Center for close to 10 years. What an inspiration he is to not only me but to many of our other Y members. When they ask his age, their reaction is always, “Wow!” He is such a smart, sweet and funny man. He feels more like family to me than a Y member.”


Ed celebrates another milestone in 2018…his 80th anniversary of joining the YMCA. He reports that a YMCA was located right across from his high school in Camden, NJ. So he joined and started swimming there after school. He attended YMCAs in many other locations through the decades following. He values his years of YMCA of Broome County membership. He appreciates the way the staff and other members treat him. He says his favorite part about the Y is the exercise. He declared, “The Y helps me feel better mentally!”


The functional fitness and stamina Ed earned in his workouts was put to the test this summer. He went on a 3 week family vacation to Alaska that included travel by land, air and sea. He passed the test! He kept up with the busy itinerary, as well as anyone…and even better than some! He especially liked the cruise; he said they treated him like a king!


His daughter, Pat adds,”I just love the Y for how everyone looks out for him. I know he is safe and cared for there.”


The YMCA of Broome County is committed to serving the senior members of our community. Please check with the Welcome Desk or Membership Director, Karen Berman, for the latest details for membership. The YMCA connected with insurance providers and was able to work out some positive changes for 2018. See if/how these insurance changes impact your membership!