LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Inglemoor Rehabilitation & Care Center, which has always been a good neighbor to the West Essex YMCA in Livingston, recently deepened that partnership by joining 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.

According to the YMCA, Inglemoor will help fund Healthy Aging at Home, a program that provides in-home personal training to more than 40 homebound seniors each year. 

“We support the YMCA because of all the good they do for this community,” said Inglemoor Administrator Steve Izzo.

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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, according to Izzo.

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

The YMCA and Inglemoor have worked cooperatively for many years. YMCA instructors often visit their next-door neighbors at Inglemoor to teach chair yoga and other wellness classes. Inglemoor also 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,” said Izzo.

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.

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

Izzo added that 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,” said Lisa Kelly, chief development officer of the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges.

For more information about becoming a Program Champion, the YMCA invites community members to contact Kelly at lkelly@metroymcas.org or 973-758-9622.