Date: August 29, 2019 | Category: News
The 21 senior centers in the Care Connection for Aging Services area are celebrating National Senior Center Month in September by highlighting the activities and services they offer.
As part of a national network of 11,000 senior centers that serve 1 million older adults every day, Care Connection is looking to the future.
This year’s national theme, Senior Centers: The Key to Aging Well, emphasizes the tremendous potential that senior centers unlock in their communities, including programming that empowers older adults to grow, learn, give, and connect.
“Today’s senior center is transforming into a vibrant, action-packed combination of local fitness center, volunteering headquarters, transportation hub, tasty dining locale, and information station,” said Care Connection Executive Director Diana Hoemann.
Senior centers in the area’s 13 West Central Missouri counties offer opportunities for activities such as quilting, beading, music and cooking lessons, technology basics, reading, gardening, and intergenerational activities. Also offered are health and fitness classes such as Matter of Balance, Tai Chi, and Living a Healthy Life.
Visitors will find costume contests, themed celebrations and food – the nutritious, tasty meals that are a mainstay of our services. Of course, they also find expertise in getting through the maze of Medicare, Medicaid and applying for other benefit programs. The agency has a specialized family caregiver program to help people who are caring for loved ones or neighbors.
“Like other professionals in the aging network, we are trying to move forward in our offerings for Baby Boomers while making sure that we still serve the oldest of our clients, who rely on the agency for home-delivered meals and other critical services that help them stay independent,” said Hoemann, who serves as a board member for the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging. “We constantly are considering the ways we can prevent seniors from living in isolation, which has been recognized as being as harmful as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.”
“Eleanor Roosevelt said, ‘The purpose of life is to live it,’ and our members are doing that every day,” Hoemann said. “We serve them and our communities the best we can with fun and engaging programs, while also providing practical tools and resources to help them stay healthy and independent.”
Care Connection senior centers post their monthly activity calendars and menus at goaging.org. Also available there are hours, programs and lunch activities. Visit the website, www.goaging.org, today to see what’s offered nearby.
Care Connection for Aging Services is a non-profit area agency on aging that serves 13 counties, including Bates, Benton, Carroll, Cedar, Chariton, Henry, Hickory, Johnson, Lafayette, Pettis, Saline, St. Clair, and Vernon. The agency mission is to provide opportunities to create positive aging experiences. For more information, visit www.goaging.org or call 1-800-748-7826.