There is a new catch phrase – 65 is the new 45 – and there’s good reason. Many of today’s seniors are healthy, active and living their retirement years with gusto.
As we celebrate National Senior Center Month it’s important to note that like the new generation of people turning 65, senior centers have adapted and changed. Although many still offer meals, social events and volunteer opportunities, they now also offer activities geared for a “younger” senior such as Zumba, cooking classes, vacation tours, and biking groups.
For example, in Andover, the Center at Punchard offers Serenity Yoga and Nordic Walking. And, in Salem, New Hampshire, the Ingram Senior Center offers TaiChi and Reflexology along with bingo and card games.
Senior centers today are recognized as a focal point in the community, promoting active and healthy aging. They also serve as a resource for the entire community by providing information on aging and support services to assist family members who are caring for an older person.
Home Health VNA, Merrimack Valley Hospice and HomeCare, Inc. are proud to work collaboratively with many of our local senior centers offering exercise programs as well as health education and prevention workshops designed to teach seniors of every age how to stay healthy and active. We also provide health and wellness clinics and other services to help seniors monitor chronic health conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes.
During the month of September, we applaud the new and exciting opportunities available at senior centers across the region. It might just be time to check one out!