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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 overseen by Lorraine Noval, PhD.

Call (518) 948-0912 for general information; call the specific location below to confirm class schedule (as of August, 2018):

Tai Chi


Albany Public Library - Bach Branch
445 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY  12208
(518) 482-2154
Fridays, 10:30 AM

Albany Public Library - Pine Hills Branch
517 Western Avenue
Albany, NY  12203
(518) 482-7911
Fridays, 2:00 PM

Westview Senior Center
680 Central Avenue #2
Albany, NY  12206
(518) 482-2120
Tuesdays, 10:30 AM


Hilltown Senior Center
1656 Helderberg Trail
Berne, NY  12023
(518) 320-0316
Mondays, 11:00 AM


Watervliet Community Center
1501 Broadway
Watervliet, NY 12189
(518) 237-4422
Mondays, 10:00 AM

Strong Bones

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


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


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

Green Island

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


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

Strong Bones Plus


Guilderland Town Hall
5209 Western Turnpike
Guilderland, NY 12084
Mondays, 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM;
Tuesdays, 9:00 AM;
Wednesdays, 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM;
Thursdays, 9:00 AM
Contact Mary Ann Kelly: (518) 356-1980


Omni Community Living
3485 Carman Road
Guilderland, NY 12084
Tuesdays and Fridays, 9:00 AM
Contact Mary Ann Kelly: (518) 356-1980


St. John's Church
140 Maple Avenue
Altamont, NY 12009
Tuesdays and Fridays, 9:00 AM
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 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


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


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

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


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

Health and Wellness Resources

Health and WellnessSome 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.

National Council on Aging’s website offers tools and resources to help older adults, including medication management, flu prevention, fall prevention, and managing chronic disease.

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.

Preventive visits and 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. Click here for more information.