Age Friendly Albany County
Albany County
DEPARTMENT for AGING
162 Washington Avenue | Albany, NY 12210
Phone: (518) 447-7198 | Fax: (518) 447-7188
George Brown, Commissioner

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

HEALTH AND WELLNESS PROGRAMS

Tai Chi: An Evidence-Based Program Alleviating Pain, Improving Flexibility and Balance

Tai Chi is supported by Albany County Department for Aging and is taught by certified instructors. It is a gentle and safe form of movement utilizing every part of the body to decrease joint pain and stiffness, while increasing strength, coordination, balance and circulation. Studies have proven thatafter meeting twice a week for eight weeks, participants had:

  • 35% less pain
  • 29% less stiffness
  • 29% more mobililty

to perform daily tasks (like climbing stairs), as well as improved balance compared to the control group. Tai Chican be practiced standing or sitting and uses routines that are safe, easy to learn and suitable for every fitness level - even those with conditions that may exclude them from other forms of exercise.Classes are led by Marta Banks and Lorraine Noval, PhD.

Call 489-1458 for general information; call the specific location below to confirm class schedule.

TAI CHI

Albany
First Congregational Church
405 Quail Street
Albany, NY 12208
(518) 621-2055
Wednesdays, 9:30 - 10:30am

Sidney Albert Albany Jewish Community Center
340 Whitehall Road
Albany, NY 12208
(518) 438-6651
Tuesdays, 9:30 - 10:20am

St. Sophia's Greek Orthodox Church
440 Whitehall Road
Albany, NY 12208
(518) 489-4442
Mondays, 9:30 - 10:30am

Cohoes
Cohoes Senior Center
10 Cayuga Plaza
Cohoes, NY 12047
(518) 235-2420
Tuesdays at 10:45am

Colonie
Beltrone Living Center
6 Winners Circle
Colonie, NY 12205
(518) 459-2857
Wednesdays, 2:00 - 3:00pm

Watervliet
Watervliet Community Center
1501 Broadway
Watervliet, NY 12189
(518) 237-4422
Call for info.

Center for Excellence in Aging & Community Wellness
135 Western Avenue
Albany, NY 12222
(518) 442-5530
Call for info.

Healthy Living Center
900 Central Avenue
Albany, NY 12206
(518) 729-4732
Call for info.

STRONG BONES

The Strong bones classes/ exercises help to build and maintain bone density. Call to confirm details on upcoming classes listed below.

Albany
Healthy Bones
Sidney Albert Albany Jewish Community Center
340 Whitehall Road
Albany, NY 12208
Mondays 1:30pm; Wednesdays 10:00am
(518) 438-6651

Cohoes
Cohoes Senior Center
10 Cayuga Plaza
Cohoes, NY 12047
(518) 235-2420
Thursdays at 10:00am

Green Island
Green Island Community Center
5 George Street
Green Island, NY 12183
(518) 272-7262

Voorheesville
WymanOsterhout Community Center
7 The Old Road
Voorheesville, NY 12186
(518) 765-9322

STRONG BONES PLUS

Guilderland
Guilderland Town Hall
5209 Western Turnpike
Guilderland, NY 12084
Mondays 10:30am and 1:30 p.m;
Tuesdays 9am;
Wednesdays 10:30am and 1:30pm;
Thursdays 9am
Contact Mary Ann Kelly: (518) 356-1980

Guilderland
Omni Community Living
3485 Carman Road
Guilderland, NY 12084
Tuesdays and Fridays, 9am
Contact Mary Ann Kelly: (518) 356-1980

Altamont
St. John's Church
140 Maple Avenue
Altamont, NY 12009
Tuesdays and Fridays, 9am
Contact Mary Ann Kelly: (518) 356-1980

SILVER SNEAKERS

The Healthways SilverSneakers Fitness program is aninsurance benefit included in more than 65 Medicare health plans. Through SilverSneakers, health plans and group retirement plans provide a gym membership to their insured, usually at no additional cost. Click here for more information on this program.

Albany
Albany YMCA
616 N. Pearl Street
Albany, NY 12204
(518) 463-9622

Healthy Living Center
Hannaford Supermarket
900 Central Avenue 
Albany, NY 12206.
(518) 729-4732
(518) 463-9622

Sidney Albert Albany Jewish Community Center
340 Whitehall Road
Albany, NY 12208
(518) 438-6651

Bethlehem
YMCA
900 Delaware Avenue 
Delmar, NY 12054 
(518) 439-4394

Latham
ABC Sports & Fitness
3 Johnson Road
Latham, NY 12110
(518) 783-0705

Vent Fitness
195 Troy Schenectady Road
Latham, NY 12110
(518) 786-1500<

Ravena
Senior Projects of Ravena
9 Bruno Blvd.
Ravena, NY
(518) 756-8593

Health and Wellness Resources

Some of the most serious health conditions – diabetes, obesity, hypertension and heart disease – can be prevented or managed through simple lifestyle changes and healthier habits. Albany County Seniors can get personalized nutrition counseling to help manage their health at no cost from the Department for Aging’s Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. For more information or to set up an in-home or phone appointment call (518) 447-7183.

Seniors Swimming

National Council on Aging’s websiteoffers tools and resources to help older adults, including medication management, flu prevention, fall prevention, and managing chronic disease at http://www.ncoa.org/get-involved/i-am-older-adult-caregiver.html

National Institute on Health offers tips on how to stay healthy, get good health care, and manage lifestyle changes as you age, such as: Eating Safely; Eating Well As You Get Older; Benefits of Exercise; How to Stay Active; Falls and Older Adults; Healthy Eyes; and Long-Term Care at http://nihseniorhealth.gov/category/healthyaging.html

Preventive visitsand yearly wellness exams are covered by Medicare. The visit includes a review of your medical and social history and counseling about preventive services, including certain screenings, shots, and referrals for other care, if needed. It also may include developing or updating a personalized prevention plan to prevent disease and disability, based on your current health and risk factors. Your provider can develop a personalized prevention plan to help you stay healthy and get the most out of your visit. For more information, visit http://www.medicare.gov/coverage/preventive-and-screening-services.html

Albany County ExecutiveDaniel P. McCoy

Questions? Call us! (518) 447-7177