Se­nior cen­ters

The Sentinel-Record - - HOT SPRINGS/FYI -

Hot Springs Se­nior Cen­ter, 210 Wood­bine, and McAu­ley Cen­ter, 5010 High­way 7 north, are op­er­ated by CHI St. Vin­cent Hot Springs and pri­mar­ily funded through the Area Agency on Ag­ing of West Cen­tral Arkansas and are cer­ti­fied Arkansas se­nior well­ness and ac­tiv­ity cen­ters.

The cen­ters are open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. week­days and serve area se­niors aged 60 and older. No mem­ber­ship due or fees are re­quired for ser­vices, but do­na­tions are ac­cepted. Vis­i­tors and guests younger than 60 are wel­come.

Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. No reser­va­tion is re­quired. A sug­gested do­na­tion of $3.50 is re­quested to help cover a mem­ber’s share of the meal cost. Vis­i­tors younger than 60 must pay $6 for each meal. All car­ry­out meals, re­gard­less of age, are $6.

Each cen­ter of­fers a lend­ing li­brary, pool ta­bles, Ping-Pong, games area, weekly ex­er­cise and well­ness pro­grams, so­cial­iza­tion, re­cre­ation, health screen­ings and ed­u­ca­tional pre­sen­ta­tions.

In­ter­gen­er­a­tional ac­tiv­i­ties with chil­dren from area schools, lo­cal Head Start pro­grams and the Cedar Moun­tain Boys & Girls Club are pop­u­lar with mem­bers.

Oak­lawn Cen­ter on Ag­ing, a pro­gram of the

Univer­sity of Arkansas for Med­i­cal Sci­ences, Don­ald W. Reynolds In­sti­tute on Ag­ing, Arkansas Ag­ing Ini­tia­tive, is in part­ner­ship with both cen­ters and lo­cated within the Hot Springs build­ing. It pro­vides cen­ter mem­bers and the com­mu­nity with health in­for­ma­tion re­sources and ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams, in­clud­ing weekly tai chi, Zumba Gold and ev­i­denced-based Healthy Ag­ing education pro­grams. Oak­lawn Cen­ter on Ag­ing is funded by the Oak­lawn Foun­da­tion. For in­for­ma­tion, call Kathy Packard, di­rec­tor of education, at 623-0020 or email ka­packard@uams.edu.

Each cen­ter sched­ules spe­cial ac­tiv­i­ties. The Hot Springs cen­ter in­cludes yoga, strong men and strong women strength train­ing classes, line dance, art classes, Wii games, spe­cial hol­i­day events and en­ter­tain­ment, Fin­ders Keep­ers Thrift Shop, bean bag base­ball, grief sup­port group, healthy eat­ing and nu­tri­tion, AARP Chap­ter 3 meet­ings, lead­er­ship/vol­un­teer op­por­tu­ni­ties, monthly blood pres­sure and blood sugar checks, and monthly birth­day cel­e­bra­tions spon­sored by Wal­greens on Al­bert Pike, Canyon Springs Health and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and West Shores.

The McAu­ley cen­ter ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude line danc­ing, yoga, in­ter­gen­er­a­tional O.W.L. pro­gram, strong men and strong women strength train­ing classes, tai chi, Zumba Gold, ev­ery­day ex­er­cise, rub­ber stamp­ing, rug hook­ing and cro­chet, thrift shop, var­i­ous paint­ing and craft classes, lunch en­ter­tain­ment, AARP Driver Safety classes, AARP tax aid dur­ing tax sea­son, and con­tin­u­ing education classes through Na­tional Park Col­lege.

For in­for­ma­tion on times, ac­tiv­i­ties and events at each cen­ter, call Hot Springs Se­nior Cen­ter, 624-0838, or email Judy Rowe at Jrowe@stvin­centhealth.com; or call McAu­ley Cen­ter, 984-5594, or email Kelli Cha­con at Kcha­con@stvin­centhealth.com.

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