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Senior Center News – Variety of benefits available to participants (Feb. 17, 2016 issue)

By Kamela Easlic
As the Clinchfield Senior Adult Center (CSAC) continues to Celebrate LIFE 2016, I am reminded that many people don’t know what a senior center is or that there is a senior center in Erwin. Unicoi County has approximately 7,500 residents over the age of 50, which is the starting age for membership at CSAC and other senior centers in the area. It is my mission to meet as many of these seniors as possible and to encourage them to become members.
“What is a senior center?” A senior center is the hub of programs, activities, and information for seniors and their families. A senior center must be accessible, welcoming, and offer affordably priced activities that promote enjoyment and engagement in life. A senior center is a place to learn new skills and keep your mind sharp, find tools that will help you remain independent in your own home, develop and nurture relationships with new people who have similar interests and discover mind and body wellness that prevents problems associated with aging. Did you know that senior center participants have a higher level of life satisfaction than their peers?
Over 11,000 senior centers serve 1 million senior adults every day. I extend an invitation to check out the Clinchfield Senior Adult Center and find your answer to a healthy LIFE! Here is a glimpse of the programs for February:
The craft supplies sale continues through Feb. 29. There’s still a good selection of items. Purchase a grocery bag for $3 and fill it full of fabric. Name your price on the remaining items.
Does the cold, snowy weather make you want to get away? Join us on Thursday, Feb. 18, at 2 p.m. for a Travel 4-1-1. This is an informational presentation of trips to Branson, Mo., and Washington, D.C. Deposits for these trips are currently being accepted. We are also welcoming input about future travel destinations. There will be forms available to gather this information.
Make new friends and care for your heart at the Love Your Heart Party rescheduled to Friday, Feb. 19, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Learn heart healthy tips, enjoy heart healthy refreshments and learn a few line dance and ballroom dance steps.
Looking ahead to March:
The center will host an opening night reception for Art on Union, an exhibit of artwork of students in the center’s advanced art class taught by Judy King. The public is invited to the center on Thursday, March 17, from 6 to 7 p.m. to view the exhibit and enjoy refreshments while talking with the artists. The students’ artwork will adorn the center from March 17 through June 30.
Free tax preparation will be available at the center on March 8 and March 24 by appointment only. Call the center to schedule an appointment.
Make the first step in living an active life, call the senior center at 743-5111 for information or visit the center at 220 Union Street. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Cost of membership is $20 per year, which includes daily use of the fitness room.