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Penn Hills Senior Center offers former YMCA program

October 3, 2018

Penn Hills Senior Center at 147 Jefferson Road.

The Penn Hills Senior Center on Jefferson Road has picked up one of the YMCA’s programs, and it’s quickly running out of space.

The “Foundations Class,” led by instructors Karen McCue and Anne Skreppen, has been available at the senior center since Sept. 4 and is designed for seniors with mobility issues or for those with various neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s, said senior center director Phyllis Paciulli.

“When the Y closed, we had some of our members going there and they were all upset they would be losing that,” Paciulli said. “But the big problem here is room.”

The class is offered from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Tuesday class has around 45 participants and has room for a few more. The Thursday class has almost reached its max at more than 50, Paciulli said.

Senior center staff also is considering offering other YMCA programs such as pickleball and a walking-in-place fitness class.

“Our facility is big, but we don’t have a gymnasium,” Paciulli said. “We definitely don’t have the facility (the YMCA) had, but we have a big building.”

The Penn Hills YMCA’s last day open was Aug. 31. It is now listed for sale at $1.8 million.

The Foundation Class instructors lead activities, in part, aimed at improving fine-motor skills, muscle stiffness and overall strength.

The program is free but donations are accepted.

The senior center offers members 60 and older lunches, services and events. For more information call 412-244-3400.

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