Fitness, fun & fellowship at local senior community centers

September 13, 2017
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Celeste Van Kirk
Instructor Sharon Curtis teaching a Silver Sneakers Zumba class at the Senior Center in Washington.
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Celeste Van Kirk
Instructor Sharon Curtis and Don Johnson at Silver Sneakers Zumba class at the Senior Center in Washington.
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Celeste Van Kirk
Instructor Sharon Curtis and Dolly Lyon at Silver Sneakers Zumba class at the Senior Center in Washington.
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Katie Roupe
Tootsie Harris of Speers and Bonny Rabe Lind of Belle Vernon walk on the treadmill at the Charleroi Senior Center fitness center.

If you’ve never visited your local senior community center, you’re missing out! Stop by, there’s sure to be something for everyone.

Many activities take place at each of the 38 full-time and part-time senior centers supported by the Southwestern PA Area Agency on Aging, Inc., throughout Fayette, Greene and Washington counties. You might find a water-colors or cooking class, games and activities, music “jam” sessions, dances, trips, special-event dinners and more.

Eating right is a big part of healthy living. Some entrée examples of nutritious lunches – provided daily at full-time centers and on meeting days at most part-time centers – include pot roast, baked salmon, cheddar omelet, chicken Parmesan, roast beef, stuffed peppers, pasta, and of course, a variety of dessert selections!

Living healthy, happy, fulfilling lives is a priority for many people. Senior centers offer a wide range of health activities and programs of interest for people aged 60 and older. Perhaps you’d like to take part in a Silver Sneakers cardio class, like the one pictured on the cover. Sharon Curtis, a Silver Sneakers instructor since 2004, has been sharing her talents with folks at the Washington Senior Center for more than 10 years.

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Tootsie Harris of Speers and Bonny Rabe Lind of Belle Vernon walk on the treadmill at the Charleroi Senior Center fitness center.
Katie Roupe

Learn new ways of exercising that are both fun and good for you. Senior centers feature Zumba, tai chi and yoga classes, walking groups, weekly group activities and so much more. Perhaps you’d like to take advantage of state-of-the-art fitness equipment, such as that offered by Riverside Place in Charleroi. There you will find four treadmills, four stationary bikes and a multi-function weight system. New members are always welcome.

Volunteer opportunities abound at the senior community centers. Every center has an ongoing need for homebound meal delivery volunteers. This fulfilling volunteer work can be completed in as little as an hour once a week or even once a month.

Senior centers are firmly vested in the communities which they call “home.” Local governments, community organizations and businesses maintain a strong collaborative relationship with the centers. They provide services and support as needed, including flu shot clinics, “Ask the Pharmacist” sessions and legislative updates. Senior centers give back to their communities, offering volunteers, participation, service and publicity for community events.

Companionship, education and recreation are in high supply at the senior community centers. Do you have special talents you’d like to share? There are always openings for activity leaders, lunch service, office help, greeter and more. Stop by a center and explore your options today!

For more information on local senior centers, visit the AAA website at www.swpa-aaa.org and click on “Senior Community Centers.” There you will find the full list of centers within the three-county service area, with names, addresses, telephone numbers and an interactive map with their locations.

You can also access the Senior Times monthly news publication at www.swpa-aaa.org/SWPA_Senior_Times.php

Don’t have access to the internet? Feel free to contact the Area Agency on Aging at 724-489-8080 or a county office near you:

• Fayette County, Uniontown, 724-430-4603

• Greene County, Waynesburg, 724-852-1510

• Washington County, Washington, 724-228-7080

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