By Kamela Easlic
Fortunately, we live in an area that is bursting with opportunities for participation. When is the last time you went from shop to shop on Main? Have you visited the Heritage Museum lately? Have you walked the linear trail or experienced Pick’n on the Porch? Have you joined the Clinchfield Senior Adult Center? As the weather warms and the days become longer, make a commitment to yourself to get out and explore Erwin, Unicoi County and the Town of Unicoi.
No matter your age, seek to continue learning. Find your passion and discover what makes you, you. Focus on financial security, healthy choices for a long life and giving back to your community. Enjoy life, make new friends and reconnect with family. Discover health and vitality to keep your mind and body active and energized. By doing these things, the quickly passing days will have more meaning and memories for a fulfilling life.
March is a busy time for the center. Most of the bad weather is behind us and spring is just a few days away. The calendar is packed with opportunities. I encourage you to discover the senior center and the many activities that can help you Celebrate LIFE! Here are a few ways to get involved:
• Participate in Forever Young ($3) and Light aerobics ($4) on Thursdays at 10:45 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. with Lise Hechemovich. Strengthen your mind and body with these classes which are suitable for all fitness levels.
• Practice the Chinese martial art, Tai Chi, which incorporates slow, rhythmic and meditative body movements. Not only does Tai Chi improve strength and endurance, it also improves balance and can reduce your risk of falls, reduces stress, and increases aerobic capacity. The class meets on Fridays at 11 a.m. with instructor Bob Hechemovich. The cost is $4 per week.
• Free tax prep by AARP trained volunteers is available at CSAC on March 8 and March 24 by appointment. March 8 is almost booked up and some appointments are available on March 24.
• Dr. Melanie Davidson, cardiologist with Karing Hearts Cardiology will present a program on general cardiology entitled “Jeopardy.” If you have questions or concerns about heart issues or prevention of heart problems, you will want to attend this program.
• On Thursday, March 10, at 10 a.m., Heather Tillman from CenturyLink will discuss how to understand the phone bill and all the fees and taxes which quickly add up.
• ETSU Nursing Students are working with CSAC and have planned a few programs that fit the Celebrate LIFE theme. On March 9 at 10 a.m., learn how to find accurate and reliable information about medical conditions and prescriptions on the internet in the program “Computers and Prescriptions”. On Wednesday, March 16 at 10 a.m., learn how to get a workout from the comfort of a chair and easy ways to incorporate exercise into your day.
• Tracy Kendall Wilson from Alzheimer’s Tennessee will provide an update on Alzheimer’s including new legislation, medications, and research on Thursday, March 17, at 10 a.m.
• We will focus on diabetes for Diabetes Alert Day by having speakers on nutrition, sleep, and exercise to better control diabetes symptoms. Join us on Thursday, March 24, from 9:30 to 11:15 a.m. for this no cost event.
• Pick up a NCAA Basketball Tournament Bracket at CSAC between 8 a.m. on Monday, March 14, and noon on Tuesday, March 15, and turn it in at the center by 1 p.m. on March 15 to be eligible for prizes for fewest losses, picking the national champs, and other categories. Men and women are encouraged to try your luck. A “sports” banquet will be held on Friday, April 8, to award the prizes.
• Art on Union will kick off at the center on Thursday, March 17, at 6 p.m. with a reception and will last until June 30. Judy King and her advanced art students will display their art and some pieces will be available for purchase. Please call to RSVP for the reception so we can adequately plan refreshments.
• Cameron Sutphin will present a concert at the center on Tuesday, March 22, at 9:30 a.m. His musical program will consist of classical, country, and folk music. There is no charge for this program and tips are appreciated to help Cameron offset the cost of travel.
If you would like to receive the newsletter monthly or 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.