Rich G.

University Y Student Center

Rich's life was turned upside down after he suffered from a stroke. He moved to Tacoma to live with his sister, and joined the Y to try and recover his health. 

"My life was falling apart and I didn't know where I was going to be," said Rich. "The Y gives me hope and family." 

The stroke Rich suffered left lasting effects, including memory loss and difficulty walking. Rich loves walking about the track, but was having a hard time remembering how many laps he walked. Y staff installed key rings on the balcony wire that he could use to remember how many laps he completed.

"The Y helps me feel happy," said Rich. "The way the staff is trained to be helpful and friendly helps me feel good like I'm part of something and that has really helped me."

Rich has also been going to group exercise classes like SilverSneakers® to help his movement. Rich likes to be able to bring his cane and sees other members with canes, which makes him feel more accepted.

"The speed or amount of exercise doesn't matter," said Rich. The sense of family matters, it's a blessing to me."