Washington County's First Multi-Service Senior Center

Washington County's First Multi-Service Senior Center
by Jennifer Leese, j.leese@picketnews.com and Susan McDonald, Executive Director at Washington County Commission on Aging, Inc./Area Agency on Aging

On September 02, 2008, Washington County's first multi-service senior center, for active and vibrant older adults over age 55, opened in its temporary location at Girls Inc. The Center is an innovative partnership between the Washington County Commission on Aging, Inc./Area Agency on Aging and Girls Inc.
"The partnership between the Commission on Aging and Girls Inc. provides unused space during the day (on most days) and the opportunity to lay the groundwork for high volume use at a permanent site. It is unique because of the intergenerational opportunities that we are developing because of the shared space arrangement," said McDonald.
The County Commissioners are sponsoring the Senior Center while the County's first permanent senior center is in the planning and development stage.
The Washington County Senior Center Task Force is in the process of exploring a permanent site, most likely through the re-use of an existing building with a target date of 2011. "We had over 100 older adults attend a Legislative Forum with the Washington County delegation, and the Grand Opening of the temporary Senior Center at Girls Inc. drew a capacity crowd," said Susan J. MacDonald, executive director at Washington County Commission on Aging, Inc./Area Agency on Aging.
A multi-service senior center is a dynamic, accessible facility that provides a focal point for older persons to access services and programs, along with wellness, recreational, and social activities.
The monthly calendar is available online at www.WCCOAging.org, in local publications, at the Commission on Aging offices (140 W. Franklin St.), and at the Senior Center (626 Washington Ave). Examples of regular programming include computer training, seated massage, Zumba, yoga, blood pressure checks, strength-training, indoor walking group, blood pressure and other wellness checks, Monday "Breakfast for Your Brain series," Ballroom dancing, Conversational Spanish, art classes, cards, dominoes, Tai Chi, games, movies, and a number of special programs. These programs contribute to physical and mental wellness, fitness and to staying connected. These factors are vital to maintaining independence and "aging in place."
Information about resources, including health insurance counseling, tax preparation, and information and assistance is provided as scheduled.
The Senior Center at Girls Inc. is open from 9am-3pm on most days of the week. Kathy Fisher is the Center Manager. A light meal is offered at the Cafe and the coffee pot is usually on!
For more information, please call the Senior Center directly at 301-671-2368 or call the Commission on Aging at 301-790-0275.


SIDEBAR
Getting Physical
Monday, November 24
Walking in Gym: 9am-2:30pm
Breakfast For The Brain: Fire Safety & Fire Prevention w/ Mike Weller: 9:30am
Games: 11am-12pm
Strength Training: 1-2pm
Tuesday, November 25
Walking in Gym: 9am-2:30pm
Diabetes Education "How Sweet Are You?": 9:30am
Exercise: 9:30-10am
Computer Instruction: 9am-12pm
HCC Ball Rm Dancing w/ Easterdays: 10-12pm
Movie or games: 12:30-2:30pm
Wednesday, November 26
Walking in Gym: 9am-2:30pm Dominoes 10-12:00 pm
Art Class $$: 10am-11pm
Spanish Conversation: 10-11am
Cards: 12:30-2:30 pm
Bead Class $$: 1-3pm
Tia Chi: 1:30-2:30pm