In recent months, the Wilson-Gray YMCA Youth and Family Center decided to celebrate our Active Older Adults by hosting a monthly Senior Luncheon. Lovingly named the “Prime Y’ers”, our senior lunch bunch meets on the second Tuesday of each month, right after our Silver Sneakers class, to talk about our recent successes and struggles, break bread together, and inspire each other with stories of how the Y is at work in their lives. Each month we have a different guest speaker to discuss topics such as mentoring, love and religion, health and wellness, and senior assistance. At our November luncheon, our Prime Y’ers decided that they would like to set a new goal for themselves and finally tackle our Rock Wall. So, at a future meeting, we plan to scale the wall as our staff and members stand by for encouragement.
At the start of each meeting, we ask for our members to go around the table and share how the Y has made a positive impact on their lives. On a particularly dreary day, one of our beloved members raised her hand and said, “It’s dark, it’s raining outside, I’m tired, and I’m old. If I’m here right now, you know the Y is doing SOMETHING right.”
Moments like this are why we do what we do every day. We are grateful for the time we get to spend with our Prime Y’ers each week and for the great way they make the Y a better place.