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Senior Center News – Center adopts Celebration LIFE 2016 as new theme (Feb. 3, 2016 issue)

By Kamela Easlic
The Clinchfield Senior Adult Center has adopted Celebrate LIFE 2016 as the theme for programming throughout the year. This focus helps the staff develop and schedule programming that enables center participants to engage in meaningful and enjoyable activities. It allows for seniors to share their experiences and skills with others while pursuing personal growth.
Each letter in the word LIFE stands for a specific aspect. The ‘L’ represents learning and is meant to encourage discovery and pursuit of passion through expanded knowledge. The ‘I’ stands for independence and living on your own terms. ‘F’ represents friends and the enjoyment of life from a social standpoint. Did you know that senior center participants have higher levels of social interactions that their peers? Finally, the ‘E’ is energy. Seniors are encouraged to discover health and vitality through activity. Not only will you feel better, you may also prevent and delay health problems that come with age.
An invitation is extended to everyone to stop by and check out the senior center. Here is a glimpse of some of the programs and activities to Celebrate LIFE in February:
• We’ve been busy organizing the center. This has resulted in a surplus of craft supplies which we want to share with you at a price that you like. Craft supplies will be on sale from Feb. 3-29.
• Join us on Friday, Feb. 5, from 1 to 3 p.m. for a Super Bowl party. Enjoy football trivia, games, and fun. Bring your favorite tailgate foods to share. Dress in your favorite team’s colors even if that team is not in the Super Bowl.
• Energize on Thursdays and Fridays with fitness classes. Lise will get you up and moving on Thursdays in Forever Young and Light aerobics at 10:45 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., respectively. On Friday, Bob will teach you how to incorporate slow, rhythmic, and meditative body movements designed to enhance relaxation, inner calm and peace through Tai Chi. This class is perfect for improving balance, fall prevention, improved strength and endurance.
• Learn all you need to know about Social Security from Deborah Yeomans Barton, attorney with Legal Aid of East Tennessee. This presentation takes place on Monday, Feb. 8. at 10 a.m.
• Maintain your eyesight and Independence with an informative presentation on Glaucoma by Dr. Joe Chambers, optometrist from Erwin Eye Clinic on Thursday, Feb. 11, at 10 a.m.
• Make new Friends and care for your heart at the Love Your Heart Party sponsored by WellCare on Friday, Feb. 12, from noon to 3 p.m. Learn heart healthy tips, enjoy heart healthy refreshments and learn a few line dance and ballroom dance steps while listening to the sounds of our special entertainment.
• Learn how to cut energy costs on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 9:30 a.m.
If you enjoy travel, come by or call the center for more information on trips to Branson, Missouri and Washington, D.C.
For additional information, call the senior center at 743-5111 or visit the center at 220 Union Street. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.