While most local senior centers remain closed to the public, administrators are working hard to stay connected with the community.
At Campbell Center, which is run by the City of Eugene, several classes have been posted to YouTube because they can’t be held in-house.
They are free to everyone and can help break up a day filled with, sometimes … nothing.
Classes range from “Mindfulness and Moment” and “Stress Management,” to several episodes of “Get Strong-Stay Fit,” “Tennis Ball Tricks” and “Tai Chi.”
Additionally, the city’s main site for recreation activities, getrec.org, has listed a variety of resources for community members.
Tom Powers, program supervisor at Campbell Center, says his main goal right now “is to connect community members with resources and healthy activities.”
At Center 50+ in Salem, several fitness classes are being posted on the center’s Facebook page by local instructors who still want to connect with their students. Click here: https://www.facebook.com/center50plus/.
Many of the fitness classes can be viewed at no charge and on-demand simply by looking through the Facebook page of Center 50+.
Classes include yoga, chair fitness, tone your bones and more.
Center 50+ also is offering many fee-based classes, such as acrylic painting and technology.
To learn more about these classes, be sure to pick up a printed copy of Northwest50Plus at your favorite local grocery store, or outside the entrance to Center 50+. More classes can be found at cityofsalem.net.
In this month’s newsletter, Center 50+ director Marilyn Daily-Blair expresses her best wishes for her friends at the center, and the desire to be reunited again.
“We are in this together,” she says. “I know that there are some things that may never be the same again. This experience may have changed us – I am confident we will see way more good outcomes than bad. But I guarantee one thing remains the same – as was proven through this hard time: You have friends at Center 50+. We will be here waiting for you with our arms open for welcome back hugs. We will share laughter and stories again. Soon we will be standing side-by-side in pursuit of growth, change and being the best version of ourselves, together.”
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