Two Programs, Countless Benefits

We are currently offering limited programming. For information on our current health management offerings, please contact Jennifer Donahue at

The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA offers water-based programs for those diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis to help with their overall well-being.

Research shows that exercise can help manage many MS symptoms.* Exercise benefits include:

  • Better cardiovascular fitness
  • Improved strength
  • Less fatigue and depression
  • More positive attitude
  • Increased participation in social activities

*Reference: National MS Society

The MS Water Exercise Program

The MS Water Exercise Program at the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA is designed to help manage the symptoms of MS. The YMCA is an ADA compliant facility and classes are taught by certified instructors. The MS Water Exercise program incorporates stretching, water walking, cardiovascular fitness and endurance, and muscle strengthening. Classes are offered Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11:30-12:15. Please note: Days and times are subject to change. Please check our current brochure for the latest schedules.

What to wear and bring for Water Exercise:

  • Come to class dressed and ready for the pool
  • Proper swim attire is required (swimsuit)
  • Water shoes encouraged
  • Bring a towel and water bottle
  • Bring a lock to secure personal belongings in the locker room
  • The water programs are offered in a cool water pool with an average temperature of 82 degrees to prevent overheating. The pool is accessible by handrail stairway or pool chairlift

For more information, please contact Ellen Daudelin at 908-889-8880 or


“I was diagnosed with MS on June 9, 2012. It changed my life completely. I no longer work, I can’t drive, my vision is horrible and my balance is bad. I was going to a Kessler (Rehabilitation Center) for a clinical trial and they told me about the Y’s Multiple Sclerosis Water Exercise Program. I had heard that water helps MS a lot. I didn’t want to do it at first, but I joined and couldn’t believe how amazing it was. I love the teacher, Ann Marie, she’s so wise about MS and the symptoms. I can be having pain and it’s amazing how the water relieves it. It’s the best, you feel so much better after. You also meet other people with MS; the Y is now like my second home where I come to socialize.”