The Gateway Family YMCA will host a senior wellness event during the month of February.

The open house for the local community will include special events, free trial senior classes, general health and nutrition information, health screenings and information on membership options at little or no cost to local seniors.

“The Gateway Family YMCA is a place where everyone can participate, get healthy and grow their social circle by making new friends. We offer trained and knowledgeable instructors and Wellness Coaches to partner with our members in their journey to better health, and include specially tailored programs to combat chronic disease or active older adult fitness,” said Krystal R. Canady, CEO, Gateway Family YMCA. “We invite the community to explore a number of classes that are chair-based and do not involve getting up from the floor, as well as Water Exercise Options. These programs are particularly conducive to those less mobile. And for those who are more active, we offer over one hundred group exercise programs every week”

The Gateway Family YMCA’s Free Senior Wellness Events will take place on:

  • Friday, Feb. 14 – Five Points Branch, 201 Tucker Ave., Union
  • Friday, Feb. 14 – Wellness Center Branch, 1000 Galloping Hill Road, Union
  • Wednesday, Feb. 19 – Elizabeth Branch, 135 Madison Ave., Elizabeth
  • Thursday, Feb. 20, 10 a.m. to noon – Rahway Branch, 1564 Irving St., Rahway
  • Tours by appointment at the WISE Center YMCA Branch, 2095B Berwyn St., Union (call 908-687-2995 to schedule a tour or assessment).

In addition, there will be health information, YMCA tours and membership information available at all branches throughout the month of February. YMCA staff will “assist community members to determine the best course of action to improve their health and join the Y.”

“In addition to many programs and services offered free to the community, The Gateway Family YMCA provides financial assistance ensuring that everyone in need can benefit,” said Melynda A. Mileski, EVP/COO. “The Y participates in many insurance reimbursement programs, offers senior membership pricing for individuals and a senior couple membership.”

Serving communities in Eastern Union County and Northern Middlesex County since 1900, The Gateway Family YMCA specializes in health and wellness options for those with chronic disease and anyone who needs a little extra support. The Y offers Enhance Fitness – “an evidence-based program for those with arthritis,” LiveSTRONG at the YMCA – a free community program in support of cancer survivors, blood pressure self-monitoring and programs for diabetes prevention and maintenance.

For more information about programs and services provided by The Gateway Family YMCA or the Senior Wellness event, visit or contact the Elizabeth Branch 908-355-922, Five Points Branch 908-688-9622, Rahway Branch 732-388-0057, Wellness Center Branch 908-349-9622 or the WISE Center YMCA Branch 908-687-2995.

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