Hamilton Area YMCA

Active Older Adult

At the Hamilton Area YMCA, we’re committed to making sure every member of our community has access to the resources they need to incorporate exercise into their day for a healthier, happier lifestyle.

That’s the concept behind our Active Older Adult (AOA) program.  These group classes are offered in fun, supportive formats designed especially to meet the needs of adults age 55 and over.

AOA group exercise classes include Aquafit, Aqua Yoga, Aqua Zumba, Chair Yoga, Cycling, Funky Fitness, Gentle Yoga, Light Weight Workout, Pilates, Shape Up, Steppin' EZ, Strength Training, Tai Chi, and Zumba® Gold.

AOA instructional exercise classes include Grandparent & Tot Swim, Line Dancing, Novice & Intermediate Swim, and Tap Dancing.

Lots of AOA participants also look forward to our various special events and activities, which include day trips, holiday parties, guest speakers and other opportunities for learning, socializing and making new friends. We also offer a number of specialty programs, including AARP Smart Driver Course, Ageless Grace, Art Workshop, Birthday Breakfast Club, Book Club, Drums Alive, Glee Club, Intro to Easy Piano, Ukulele I & II, Yo-Chi Fusion, and Zumba® Chair.

For more information about program descriptions, fees and class times, contact JoAnn Keephart, Active Older Adult Director at 609.581.9622 ext. 117 or jkeephart@hamiltonymca.org. Class schedules are also available at the JKR Branch Member Service Desk.

Adults age 65+ receive a 50% discount on most program fees.

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Program Dates

Fall I: September 3 - October 28
No classes on Monday, September 3 (Labor Day).

Fall II: October 29 - December 23
No classes on Thursday, November 22 (Thanksgiving).

Registration Dates

Facility & Facility Plus Member Registration:
  • Fall I - August 13
  • Fall II - October 15
Program & New Member Registration:
  • Fall I - August 20
  • Fall II - October 22

Instructional Exercise Programs

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Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program

Class time: 60 minutes

This non-aerobic exercise program includes exercises to increase flexibility and range of motion and decrease pain and stiffness.

  • DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Mo 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM 1AQJAF1 JKR -JKR Branch $56 / $42 / $15
    We 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM 1AQJAF2 JKR -JKR Branch $63 / $47 / $15

AOA Beginner Tap Dancing

Have fun learning basic tap steps and energetic dance routines! This class will also help to improve your balance and coordination.

  • DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Fr 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM 1AOAJBTD JKR -JKR Branch $50 / $38 / $15

AOA Grandparent & Tot Swim

Experience the joy of seeing your grandchild blow bubbles, kick and paddle in the water as you participate in the learning process through songs and games in the pool. For children ages six months to five years.

  • DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    We 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM 1AOAJGTS JKR -JKR Branch $72 / $52 / $15

AOA Intermediate Swim

This course is designed to improve physical fitness and increase endurance in the pool. Become more proficient in a variety of strokes and improve your deep-water skills.

AOA Line Dancing

Enjoy meeting new friends and help improve your memory skills while mastering a variety of dance steps to different rhythms and styles of music.

  • DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    We 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM 1AOAJLD1 JKR -JKR Branch $63 / $47 / $15

AOA Novice Swim

It’s never too late to learn how to swim! Develop more confidence and an appreciation for all the health benefits that swimming has to offer.

  • DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Tu 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM 1AOAJNIS JKR -JKR Branch $84 / $60 / $15

AOA Swim & Stroll

Recreational time for program members to swim laps, walk or exercise in the pool.  Indoor walking track is also available.

Monday - Friday 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
$8 per visit for program members
$0 facility/facility plus
  • DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Mo, Tu, We, Th, Fr 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM 1AOAJSS JKR -JKR Branch $8 / $0 / $0

AOA Tap Dancing

Treat yourself to a new pair of tap shoes and shuffle off to a good time on the dance floor. Previous tap dancing experience is recommended.

  • DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Tu 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM 1AOAJTD JKR -JKR Branch $63 / $47 / $15

Arts and Humanities

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Book Club

This group meets the first Thursday of every month from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. to discuss current and popular literature.

Please call JoAnn Keephart at 609.581.9622 ext. 117 for the book schedule.

Glee Club

Numerous research studies have shown that singing can improve your mood and your physical health.  It’s also fun to use your voice to create music with others. No previous singing experience is required. Adults of all ages are welcome to participate.
  • DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Th 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM 1AOAJGC JKR -JKR Branch $56 / $42 / $15

Intro to Easy Piano

This program will introduce you to the basics of piano, using the easy chord and melody method.  Adults age 18 and over are welcome and will need to purchase an introductory piano book for the first class.  The book title is Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Course  – Lesson Book (Level 1) and can be ordered online or purchased at a local music store.  Keyboards will be provided at the Y, but you are encouraged to bring your own if you have one.  Practice between classes is recommended.

No senior discount for this program.

  • DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Tu 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM 1AOAJIEP CRANB -Cranbrook Building $70 / $70 / $70

Ukulele I & II

Please call JoAnn Keephart at 609.581.9622 ext. 117 for more information.

Specialty Programs

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AARP Smart Driver Course

In this six-hour course, you will learn defensive driving techniques, new traffic laws and rules of the road. Find out how to safely adjust your driving to compensate for age-related changes in vision, hearing and reaction time. Upon course completion you will receive a certificate which may qualify you for a reduction in your auto insurance premiums. Two points will be deducted from your driving record if applicable.

This course is offered through Penn Medicine Princeton Health and takes place in Suite 100, conference rooms A & B at the JKR Branch of the Hamilton Area YMCA.

Fees: $20/$15 (AARP member)

Call 609.581.9622 x117 for course schedule.

Birthday Breakfast Club

Join us at a local restaurant each month to honor your fellow members who are celebrating a birthday!

Third Thursday of the month
9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Call JoAnn Keephart at 609.581.9622 ext. 117 to register.

Pickleball at the Sawmill Branch

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Pickleball Open Play (ages 18+)

Pickleball is a combination of tennis, badminton, ping pong, and racquetball.  It is one of the fastest growing sports in America. It’s a Low impact game that’s easy to learn, great exercise, a great way to meet new people, and A LOT of fun!

There is no better way to explain the sport of Pickleball to someone other than letting them experience it for themselves. Each registered participant can bring a friend to try out 1 session for free. 

What is Pickleball? Click here to learn more! 

Sessions are held at the following times:
Open Play
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
3 courts

Advanced Play
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
3 courts

Beginner Lessons and Drills
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
3 courts

Open Play
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Open Play - Beginner
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
3 courts

Advanced Play
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
3 courts

Open Play
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
3 courts

Open Play
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
3 courts

There is a $5.00 drop-in fee per day.