How Ralston’s exercise programs brought comfort and staved off loneliness during COVID 19


On March 16th our world changed. We were told to shelter in place and offices closed.  What did that mean for the older adults in Philadelphia we serve?

The Ralston Wellness Team and fitness instructors knew how committed our participants were to their health and wellness and how they valued our in-person exercise classes. We worked together to do a trial and take the classes online using ZOOM. 

Participants embraced the idea and asked for more. They told friends and we welcomed new participants and added classes.

Months later, here is what the participants have to say:

“The zoom classes are great. I can't thank you enough. My lower back has become much stronger. I credit the Abs workouts.”

“I just wanted to let you know that I once again really enjoyed (the Zoom yoga) class.  It is such a comfort and help during this very stressful time.  I felt so peaceful at the end of the class.  Thank-you.”

“It was WONDERFUL to be together. Seeing dear familiar faces. Breathing together. Moving together. “

Lives made better by Ralston. Won’t you join us in our efforts and DONATE NOW to subsidize the work of the caring instructors and staff at Ralston Center and help us reach our goal of raising $2,500 by Tuesday, December 1st?

To send a donation, mail to

Ralston Center 2020 Fund, 3615 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

In addition to helping us reach our goal with this tax-exempt gift, when you give, you will automatically become Ralston Champion of Aging  gain access to invitations to member-only events and education opportunities.