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New Wellness Opportunities for Low-Income Seniors

Manchester, NH- (March 21, 2016) To help address the unique health and wellness needs of area seniors, Mary & John Elliot Charitable Foundation and The Granite YMCA are teaming up to offer a specialized program for those who need it most.


Mary & John Elliot Charitable Foundation has awarded The Granite YMCA a $50,000 Pearl Manor Fund grant to launch a new wellness initiative for low-income seniors in the community.

NH’s seniors, especially those who are low-income, face a host of challenges,” said Hal Jordan, President and CEO of The Granite YMCA. “Among those is access to a regular health and wellness routine. Thanks to this generous grant from the Pearl Manor Fund, we’re able to provide a broad range of programs that will be free or of nominal charge to area seniors.”

As part of the new partnership, The Granite YMCA is offering programs such as Water Aerobics, Yoga, and Senior Fitness through its Manchester and Goffstown YMCA branches.

Six 7-week sessions kicked off recently and will be offered each year.  They feature supervision by trained and certified exercise specialists. In addition, nutrition education and a special educational program on slips and fall prevention will be offered each session.

We are pleased to make this contribution to The Granite YMCA and improve upon senior health and wellness,” said Nicholas S. Zaharias, VP, Mary & John Elliot Charitable Foundation. “We view it as a meaningful way to support and strengthen the wellness of senior population for our communities.”

The initiative will serve the senior population with annual income below $12,000 (at no charge) and classes will be at a minimal charge for those earning up to $23,500. Pre and post testing for functional capacity and lifestyle changes will be administered prior to, and following, each class.

For more information, please contact Donna Wheeler, Development Coordinator at the YMCA at 603.782.2804 or via email at  For more information about the annual Pearl Manor Fund grant process, visit

About The Granite YMCA

As one of the state’s longest standing and most enduring non-profits, The Granite YMCA focuses on youth development, healthy living, social responsibility, and family strengthening. Across the state, its six branches engage 30,000 men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to improve their health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. In 2015, The Granite YMCA provided financial assistance and free services valued at $1.55 million to 19,488 individuals.

For more information, please send an email to Donna Wheeler at

Mary & John Elliot Charitable Foundation

The Mary & John Elliot Charitable Foundation is a non-profit, charitable organization created to provide financial support to the various needs of the Elliot Health System (also a non-profit charitable organization). The Foundation is committed to building an ongoing circle of friends whose financial support will help Elliot Health System identify and meet emerging healthcare needs.

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