Reith Gordon, a very funny lady, who turned 95 this month has been exercising at the Madison Area YMCA for 18 years where she has met many good friends at her Monday and Wednesday senior classes.
“For a long time, I had been hiding my age,” Reith says, chatting after her chair yoga class recently in December. “Then I heard someone in class say she was 99, so I decided to tell people how old I was. My daughter said: ‘Believe me—they all knew your age anyway,’” Reith says with a laugh.
“Exercise has been really good for me,” Reith says. “I think it has kept me alive. I think if I was home doing nothing, I wouldn’t be here anymore. Using the body and brain—it does help,” she says, adding “My workout friends at the Y have been instrumental in keeping me going. I’m thankful for their friendship and support.”
Reith also shares friendships with members of the Y’s Welcome Center. With a grin, her wry sense of humor on full display, Reith says, “You know, they love me at the desk. I bring them cookies every Christmas!” Turning serious, she then says, “I’m really good friends with some of them at the desk—especially Cathy Landolfi.”
Cathy, the Y’s Welcome Center supervisor agrees, noting that she and Reith have a great friendship and always look forward to seeing each other as they share fun banter.
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