Y Life Enrichment Center at Otterbein Celebrates 5th Year

Staff Writer


When the Life Enrichment Center opened its doors five years ago “it was like crickets” according to Auglaize/Mercer Counties YMCA Chief Executive Officer Allen Baskett. It took a little time for people to  understand the beauty of the facility and the opportunities it offered seniors. The word has now certainly gotten around. Baskett was on hand for the celebration of the 5th anniversary of The Y at the Otterbein Life Enrichment Center on Friday, April 21.

The seniors involved in the festivities seemed to thoroughly enjoy themselves, invested in both the company as well as the activities. From 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. they took part in free classes, hors d’oeuvres and hourly door prizes. Most of them had already become members and seemed quite at home in the surroundings.

Free class offerings this day included an arthritis class in the pool, seniorcize, water volleyball, seated exercise, a team watermelon race in the pool, volleyball, yoga fitness, and water walking plus.

The Enrichment Center, located on the Otterbein campus, is a partnership that has turned out to be win-win both Otterbein and The Y. The Otterbein and Y partnership exceeds just a contractual relationship.

Otterbein provides the facility and The Y provides 90 percent of the programming. The center incorporates a warm water therapy pool with a ramp, men, women and family locker rooms that are ADA accessible, a fitness center with cardio and weight equipment, an aerobics room, a lounge and a library.

Otterbein  residents and Y members 55 and older have access. According to Baskett, Otterbein residents are Y members and Y members can have a membership which is for the Center only. Life Enrichment Center Director Adele Wallis notes, “Our best advocates are the people that come here.”