Longterm Care Center Named West Essex YMCA Program Champion

By: News and blog | Tuesday, September 10, 2019 | Social Responsibility

The Inglemoor Rehabilitation & Care Center became a West Essex YMCA Program Champion. Inglemoor In this photo, Executive Director Steve Izzo shakes hands with West Essex YMCA Executive Director Helen Flores.

The Inglemoor Rehabilitation & Care Center has always been a good neighbor of the West Essex YMCA, and now it’s deepened the partnership.

Inglemoor joined a growing list of West Essex YMCA Program Champions — businesses, organizations and individuals who have made a multi-year commitment to support an initiative of their choosing. Inglemoor will help fund Healthy Aging at Home, a program that provides in-home personal training to more than 40 homebound seniors a year. 

“We support the YMCA because of all the good they do for this community,” said Inglemoor Administrator Steve Izzo. Inglemoor has donated more than $26,000 to the YMCA since 2006. As a Program Champion, the company contributed $5,000 this year for Healthy Aging at Home, and will increase its donation to $6,000 next year and $7,000 in 2021, Izzo said.

“Inglemoor is a longtime donor, and one of our earliest and most generous membership partners,” West Essex YMCA Executive Director Helen Flores said. The company pays half of employees’ YMCA memberships, and about 40 workers take advantage of the perk. “There is a collaboration and integration of the Y into their corporate culture,” Flores said.

The YMCA and Inglemoor have long worked cooperatively. YMCA instructors go next door to Inglemoor to teach chair yoga and other wellness classes. Inglemoor allows the YMCA to use its lot for overflow parking for events, and provides meeting space when needed.

“Livingston is an incredible community in New Jersey, and the YMCA is a big part of that,” Izzo said.

Inglemoor’s support will allow the YMCA to provide the 12-week Healthy Aging at Home to more seniors unable to get to the YMCA. A trainer guides participants through an individual hour-long fitness regime and checks on their nutritional needs, while a volunteer provides companionship.

The program could benefit Inglemoor clients when they complete rehabilitation, inspiring them to continue exercising at home for improved mobility, Flores noted.

Izzo said the YMCA program “is part of the whole continuum of care.”

The YMCA continues to expand its Senior Health Initiative, offering an array of exercise, nutrition and wellness programs that promote strength, mobility, balance, cognition and social engagement in older adults. Research shows that seniors who exercise and socialize enjoy better physical and mental health.

“Through the Program Champions initiative, supporters fund impactful programs they feel strongly about and that have longterm benefits for the community,” Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges President and CEO Richard K. Gorab said. For more information about becoming a Program Champion, the YMCA invites community members to call 973-758-9622. 


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