Disrupt Aging Community Health Challenge

Left in the Challenge

Welcome to the Disrupt Aging Community Health Challenge!

AARP and the YMCA are on a mission to change the conversation about aging in America.  We believe that aging is about growth.  That it creates new opportunities.  And that making a difference has no age limit.

We believe YOU are the leaders in reframing the way we age.  As you reframe your internal perception of aging, you will present yourself and act differently.  The effects will ripple as friends, family and community members see new possibilities for aging.


AARP YMCA Disrupt Aging! Healthy Aging Community Challenge Guidelines:

WHO:  People in Western North Carolina who are 50+ and strive to create their best selves and cultivate a community that is livable for all ages and ability levels.

WHAT: A challenge designed by the YMCA and AARP to channel your strengths, empowering your best self and our best community.

WHERE: Pick up your welcome packet at any YMCA of WNC, earn points and complete activities at the Y or anywhere in your community.

WHY:  Simply put, it’s the next best thing.  Meet personal goals, contribute to your community connect with others, participate in community programs and resources AND receive prizes as you meet your physical, social, community, and intellectual health goals. Complete the 3-month challenge and receive a special prize and recognition.



September 1-22, 2017: Sign up here from or at any YMCA of WNC branch.

September 18, 2017, 9:00 a.m.- 12 noon: Challenge packet pick-up (Healthy Aging Day), at the Reuter Family YMCA

September 18 – 22, 2017: Challenge packet pick up at any YMCA of WNC branch (if you cannot attend Healthy Aging Day)

September 18: Challenge begins

December 8: Challenge ends

December 10: Asheville Celebration

December 11: Marion Celebration

December 12: Hendersonville Celebration 


  • Register here or at any YMCA WNC branch
  • Pick up Challenge Packet at the Reuter Family YMCA on September 18 from 9 am -12 noon.
  • Set Physical, Intellectual, Social and Community Goals (See examples)
  • Participate in activities in each category to achieve 25 points in each category for a total of 100 points.
    1. YMCA / AARP activity: 2 points
    2. Any other activity: 1point
    3. Invite someone else to join you in the challenge: 5 points
    4. Submit a video with your progress (on facebook or via email): 5 points
  • Track your points on this webpage or on the paper version included in your wellness packet.
  • Contact Diane Saccone at: dsaccone@ymcawnc.orgor Rebecca Chaplin at: rchaplin@aarp.org or the Y membership desk with any questions.
  • Receive prizes for the each category completed and completing the entire challenge at the celebration in your community in December.