By Laurel Roberts and Nancy Gilkey
Northeast Community Center volunteers,
Stop in the Northeast Community Center during the day, and you are bound to find several groups of Active Older Adults – exercising, playing Pickleball, working out on the treadmill or weight machines, or simply sitting in the lobby talking together. Long-time NECC employee, Kathy Foote, adds whimsical activities to the mix, like having all members of her circuit exercise class wear attachable Apollo Ohno facial hair during a recent winter Olympics. Many other activities are offered for adults, 65 and over, including day hikes and field trips, circuit training, Stretch and Movement class, Lap Swim, and Aquatics classes such as Joints in Motion and Senior Exercise.
The Northeast Community Center is building on this commitment to wellness, and is excited to offer new classes and activities geared to the baby boomers who are functionally aging – whose bodies don’t do what they might have done when they were younger but who are still capable and need the activity. Starting in January there will be Zumba Gold on Fridays, AOA aerobics on Wednesdays, and Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The line up is meant to cater to very active individual as well as those with limitations. During the month of November, there will be free sampler classes open to the general public to give people a taste of what is available. (Zumba Gold on November 21 and Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance, TBD).
Similarly, for anyone who is enrolled in a Medicare Advantage Plan (Part C), through healthcare providers, including Kaiser, Providence or ODS (MODA), the Silver & Fit Program is likely a benefit of your health insurance. As part of the Silver & Fit Program, your healthcare provider pays for your membership at the NECC where you can participate in the above options, or any of the other 70+ fitness & pool classes. Eligible participants need only to enroll in Silver & Fit to gain free access to the exciting familiar and new opportunities at the NECC. Contact the Northeast Community Center for additional information on this opportunity.
The NECC wants to remind readers that their free Fine Arts and Cool Crafts Show and Sale will be held at the center, 1630 N.E. 38th Ave., Friday, November 7, 5-8 p.m. and continuing Saturday, November 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday night should be especially festive with the jazz band, Jazz Landing, playing smooth jazz. Come and enjoy complimentary wine and cheese while browsing the tables of over 30 vendors selling their fine, original art pieces, including jewelry, soap and bath products, glass art, watercolors, and wood hand mirrors to name a few.
Additional information may be found at necommunitycenter.org or at the center located at 1630 N.E. 38th Ave. or by calling (503) 284-3377.