ehler Household Basis donated $120,000 to the North Suburban YMCA to buy Senior and Particular Wants health gear. Pictured from left, Dennis Pollina, Y member; Megan Vazquez, North Suburban YMCA Senior Wellness Director; Phil Carello, Y member; Denis Fitzsimons, Y member; A.C. Buehler III, Buehler Household Basis President; Kathy Fielding, North Suburban YMCA CEO; and Debbie Madeley, NSYMCA Growth Director. (North Suburban YMCA / HANDOUT)

The Buehler Household Basis has awarded a $120,000 capacity-building grant to the North Suburban YMCA to buy new power coaching gear devoted to the Y’s growing Senior and particular wants populations.

Based on a information launch, the grant covers the acquisition of 25 new items of health gear within the Y’s two expansive health areas. It additionally contains future repairs wanted for the load room flooring.


“We’re so grateful for our continued partnership with the Buehler Household Basis,” Debbie Madeley, North Suburban YMCA Growth Director, mentioned within the launch. “The Basis’s beneficiant assist is a vital part of the Y’s dedication to the neighborhood, and helps us broaden our general affect on all ages and talent group we serve. We imagine specializing in health and wellness may also help our Seniors and particular wants people stay and lead wholesome lives.”

Over the past 5 years, the Y’s senior inhabitants has grown to 24% of its membership, with senior wellness program participation rising by 62%, whereas particular wants programming participation has nearly tripled, the discharge mentioned. The Y has aggressively invested in new applications and companies to fulfill the wants of those rising demographics, offering new strategies of accessing wholesome life-style decisions which might be accessible to all.


“With the outdated gear, lots of our members who may benefit from power coaching had been unable to take action with out help,” Megan Vazquez, the Y’s Senior Director of Wellness, mentioned. “The brand new gear is ergonomic, simple to make use of and alter, simple to get in or out of, ADA accessible (the place applicable), and senior-friendly.”

Vazquez added that the brand new gear is spaced with a large path between the opposite gear to permit for wheelchair mobility, is cable based mostly or hydraulic for easy weight changes, and is straightforward on the palms for these with arthritis or grip power points.

Based on the discharge, Donna Shavell, 85, a Y member since 1970 broke her femur bone a number of years in the past.

The Buehler Household Basis donated $120,000 to the North Suburban YMCA to buy Senior and Particular Wants health gear. Pictured from left, Donna Shavell, Y member; Buehler Household Basis President A.C. Buehler III, and Kathy Fielding, North Suburban YMCA CEO. (North Suburban YMCA / HANDOUT)

“I’ve a stainless-steel rod from my knee to my hip and was advised I could by no means stroll once more, ” Shavell mentioned. “Right this moment, I’m utilizing the brand new leg press on the Y, and it’s really easy to make use of. I now work out 3 days per week and I’m in nice form.”

The discharge mentioned the donation by the Buehler Household Basis helps the Y create a basis for enlargement of its Senior and particular wants companies.

“The YMCA’s concern for the wellness of Seniors and people with particular wants impressed this donation,” A.C. Buehler III, President of the Buehler Household Basis, mentioned within the launch. “It’s an awesome trigger that we imagine in and is important for the well being of your complete neighborhood. We’re proud to play a task within the wellness of those rising populations, and we all know how a lot of a distinction it’s going to make within the high quality of so many lives.”

For details about the North Suburban YMCA, go to, name 847-272-7250, or cease by the power, 2705 Techny Street, Northbrook.