The Foundation also paid tribute to 85 year-old, Hattie Fowler, a member of the YMCA’s Silver Sneakers class. Fowler was instrumental in spearheading a 5:30 a.m. walking program with other senior participates. Fowler arises early every weekday to meet seniors for their daily morning walk. “At 85 and with covid surrounding us, we really have to stay focus on our health and make sure we stay strong and ready,” said Fowler.
Throughout the year, the Shawn D. Delifus Foundation has become the catalyst for teaching children and adults to learn how to swim. Their home swim office is the Johnson Family YMCA, on the northside. Recently the Foundation honored seniors and trainers as they celebrated the completion of a free 12-week exercise and nutrition program funded by the Cares Act.
A total of 96 participants completed the program, including 20 children and adults via zoom and 76 seniors in socially distanced exercise and nutrition classes.
The Silver Sneaker program is designed for seniors ages 65 or older that is Medicare and disability eligible. The program has over 14,000 gym locations across the nation where seniors can participate in healthy physical activity. The Delifus Foundation continues to partner with the YMCA and Silver Sneakers for swimming classes, exercise and nutritional classes and programs
“We are proud of our seniors in the Silver Sneakers program and our swimming program. We advocate for a healthy life for seniors and let them know you take care of your body and your body will take care of you to live a long life,” said Program Director Joyce Delifus. The next free 12-week class will be held on Thursday, December 3rd, at the Johnson Family YMCA located at 5700 Cleveland Road. Seniors are asked to stop by the ‘Y’ and register for their free spot by call (904) 616-8318. Due to Covid-19 space is limited.