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Seniors find YMCA a welcoming place

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The Darien YMCA offers a variety of programs for local senior citizens, including 15 water exercise classes.

Ruth and John Montgomery are two senior citizens who have made the Darien YMCA a part of their day, almost every day.

Numerous Darien seniors are regulars at the Y; many are longtime members. Fitness classes, cardio and weights in the Wellness Center encourage seniors to come at the same time every day to meet up with longtime Darien friends and new friends.

In the beginning, John Montgomery, a former member of the Columbia swim team, went to the Y to swim laps in the pool every day to stay in shape. Then Ruth followed by taking classes. Now both of them use the Fitness Center to stay fit and healthy. John, 93, still goes to the Y four days a week.

The Montgomerys describe the Y as "a place where we always feel welcome" and show their support for the Y because it "does so much for so many different people."

The aqua aerobics program at the Y also brings in many seniors.

There are more than 15 classes a week, each attended by 12 to 18 participants, usually with a large group of regulars at each class. The Y members get to know each other so well that they notice if one of them isn't at class and will call to make sure they are all right.

Instructor Diane Murphy-Kivell said, "These seniors enjoy the social aspect of the class just as much as the workout. One of the 9 a.m. classes even holds a Christmas Tea each year to get together outside of the pool."

Finally, the Y brings seniors together outside of its facility through fitness classes at local senior centers. A Darien Y personal trainer, Dan Scheckler, teaches a class at the senior center twice a week and Atria Darien once a week at no cost to the senior citizens' facility or the attendees.

For information, visit www.darien-ymca.org or call 203-655-8228.

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