Michelle BPosted on November 17th, 2014 | By:
My sister is disabled physically and mentally. She receives financial assistance from the Y in order to afford a membership. They have been awesome and have assisted her for many years. She absolutely loves going to the Y. She is taken by a caregiver–the caregiver must drive her and assist her in and out of her wheelchair, on and off of the stationary bike, etc. She uses the NuStep bike mostly and occasionally swims. As her family, I need to emphasize how important it is that Michelle exercise on a routine basis. She must keep her weight under control in order to be able to continue walking short distances. Walking is imperative as it keeps her from being immobile. Immobility leaves her susceptible to many health complications. It is also important for her to exercise for the cardiovascular benefits (keeping weight and blood pressure down, etc.). We have a strong family history of cardiovascular problems and the exercise combats that. Last, but certainly not least, is the feeling Michelle has while being at the Y. She feels a sense of belonging in a community of people that have been very accepting and welcoming. All of the staff know her by name and many members know her and talk with her, too. Feeling a part of the”normal” crowd is worth more than I can express in words. That is the most important part of this story.