Good morning, Shawnee! Here at the Senior Recreation Center we offer programs and activities for the over 55s. We are located at 401 N. Bell, directly behind the Pottawatomie Courthouse, with hours of operation Monday through Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm
As part of the City of Shawnee Recreation Department, we provide ways to pursue an active lifestyle and make healthy choices. Each of us can benefit from staying active as we age. If you are 55+ you can join us as we have a variety of fun and engaging programs for all types of people! You are cordially invited to come by for a tour and see if you can find something you like!
Barry of Heartland Home Health checks blood pressure on Tuesday morning, January 25 from 9am-11am. You can also say hello to a few therapy dogs, as they often visit us on Tuesdays.
Our next focus on Wellness Wednesday will include a presentation called “Fall Risk and Prevention.” You can join us on Wednesday, January 26 at 11:00 AM for a short talk by Jenna van Belfair or Shawnee. She will give you an overview of how to lower your risk of falling and provide you with free information about the memory care services offered by Belfair.
Speaking of fall prevention, many of our fitness classes are specifically designed to help individuals gain balance, strength and flexibility to reduce the risk of falling. Tai Chi for Better Balance is offered on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, 8:15-9:15 AM. This slow, steady movement class taught by Cyndi covers the basics of Tai Chi aimed at developing overall balance.
In addition, Angie’s new SAIL lesson helps with fall prevention. Its full name is “Staying Active and Independent for Life” and it meets on Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 1.30pm-2.30pm. and Friday morning 10:00-11:00 o’clock
Finally, our Enhance Fitness class taught by Beth provides overall strength and balance to help individuals avoid falls. It meets on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings from 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM and provides an overall fitness conditioning experience.
For more information about our fitness class schedule, as well as our Pickleball sessions, call us at 405-878-1528. Every week you will also find crafts, music, dance, card games, billiards and plenty of coffee and iced tea. We will be happy to send you one of our calendars with all the details.
A new craft club will start this month, led by Vonda. They will hold their first organizational meeting on Wednesday, January 26 at 1.30 pm. If you want to learn more or bring your ideas, come and share at the meeting! Not sure if this club is for you or not? Come on, because there’s no pressure to join!
Our next bingo day is January 28th at 1:00 PM. Normally we play Bingo here every 2nd and 4th Friday. Drop by to get your first Bingo card for free, while all the others are just 25 cents each. Snacks and bingo prizes will be available.
In addition to the ommicron variant, the winter months can also bring all kinds of illnesses, such as the flu and colds. Please stay safe by making wise choices, washing your hands often and staying away from people who may be sick. We respect your choices and ask that you respect others who are socially distancing and wearing a mask.
If you listen to the radio, you can tune in to current senior events every Wednesday morning at 8:35 a.m. on the “Mike in the Morning Show,” found at KGFF on your radio on 100.9 FM or 1450 AM. This show will also be streamed on www.kgff.com
Stay healthy and hopefully see you soon at the Senior Rec Center!
Amy Riggins is the Recreational Facilities Supervisor for the City of Shawnee and manages a variety of facilities, events and programs.