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Living the Active Life

Quarry Hill resident Eva Smith never set out to be a “poster child” for active senior living. But when the Midcoast’s outstanding Pen Bay YMCA went looking for the perfect spokesperson for the its annual fundraising campaign, Eva was the obvious choice.

As featured in campaign posters, Eva certainly puts her Y membership to good use, taking part in thrice-weekly fitness classes at the state-of-the-art facility just around the corner from Quarry Hill. She started with the Y’s Silver Sneakers programs for older adults but soon switched to more challenging classes designed for adults of all ages. She’s often the oldest exerciser in the group but says she likes working out with younger people: “They make me work harder!”

Of course, the Y is just part of the healthy, active lifestyle that Eva—and so many like-minded folks in her age group—have found in Midcoast Maine. From the ocean to the lakes to the surrounding mountains, Camden’s stunning natural setting has seniors here sailing, swimming, biking, hiking, and power-walking their way to fitness and loving every minute. The Mid-Coast Recreation Center adds skating and tennis to the area’s mix of indoor options, while outdoor recreation areas (two golf courses, Camden Hills State Park, and a downhill and cross-country ski center to name but a few) inspire four-season forays into the rugged beauty and fresh salt air for which the coast of Maine is renowned.

For Quarry Hill residents, there’s even more to keep folks moving. Our 26-acre campus, laced with paved walking paths, are a walker’s paradise. Our Fitness Room offers unlimited use of a treadmill, rowing machine, and stationary bikes; and free onsite fitness classes, led by YMCA instructors, promote strength, flexibility, and healthy camaraderie. Heck, in a pinch (or the occasional snowstorm), a person can get a pretty good workout, just walking the halls of the Anderson Inn!

We encourage everyone to follow in Eva’s sneaker-steps and stay well by staying active. For more information about health and wellness programs at Quarry Hill, visit our home page, click on “Lifestyle” and then on “Health and Wellness.” Or, pick up the phone (flex those biceps!) and dial 207-301-6116. We love to talk fitness!