YMCA Healthy Aging Community Cafés bring together those who are 55+ to build health in spirit, mind, and body so that we thrive with greater purpose, connection, and well-being. 

Each café is an hour-long Zoom call starting with a large group time of welcome. The next 15 minutes is spent with an expert talking about the designated subject for the day, followed by a 20-minute reflective dialogue in small groups about the subject. Everyone is invited to listen and contribute as they feel comfortable. The large group gathers back the last 5 minutes for a note of encouragement.

 

All YMCA Healthy Aging Community Cafés are hosted on Zoom. If you are new to Zoom and would like some assistance getting started, please note that on your registration form.

May 10th - 31st: 

May 10: Travel with a Purpose

Ah….vacation! While we all need periods of rest away from the routine of home life, travel may include more than relaxation. Come hear from café participants who choose to travel with a purpose, such as a completing specific project or filling needs in diverse communities.

May 10:  1:00-2:00pm

            

May 17 : Gardening in Small Spaces

Our topic this week is Gardening in Small Spaces. Mary Hemen will provide guidance on containers, soils and fertilizers. She’ll touch on pests, pollinators and companion plants. We’ll learn about what foods we can grow in these environments – including edible flowers – and have an introduction to the practice of vertical gardening.

May 17:  1:00-2:00pm

           

May 24: Growing Food for Community

Our topic this week is Growing Food for Community. We recognize the importance of community engagement in helping us to achieve our best health. One strategy to achieve health is how we grow and share food to support our communities. Come learn about some local efforts in WA to bring fresh food growing and harvesting to support community.

May 24:  1:00-2:00pm

       

May 31: Virtual Hike

This week our café moves “outdoors” for a virtual hike in our lovely Northwest forests. Even though it’s early in hiking season, you won’t have to worry about hiking boot blisters during this adventure from the comfort of home. We will tackle varied terrain. Cross streams by tiptoeing, mount hills with high knees, and spot some lovely scenery along the way.

May 31st:  1:00-2:00pm