Programs

HEALTH & WELLNESS:

022814 026*Active Wellness Center:  We take Silver & Fit from Health Insurance Plans.  Our gym has experienced, certified staff available for training and monitoring, older adult friendly exercise equipment.  Work out programs designed specifically for each individual.

 

Active Wellness Center Symposium:  AWC students give presentations on health related topics, everyone encouraged to come and learn about strength, cardio, flexibility and eating healthy.

*Brain Fitness:  Brain health is more important than ever, optimal brain function is required for quality of life, join us for an innovative approach to brain care with mental stimulation and challenges.

*Blood Pressure Checks:  Licensed nurses perform blood pressure checks.

Foot & Nail Clinic:  1 hour sessions made by appointment only, foot assessments, trim and thin nails with special tools-no foot soaks offered by WSU Nursing students, offered during school season only.

Hand Massages:  Improve circulation, relieve tension in tendons and increases flexibility.  Reduces stiffness, relieves anxiety, pain and just plain feels good.

Health 2 U Project:  Blood pressure, pulse & oxygen levels assessed and vision testing, education topic covered each month, offered by WSU Nursing students, offered during school season only.

*Jani’s Fitness for Women:  Cardio, strength training and flexibility exercises.

*Movin’ & Groovin’:  Moving to 60’s and 70’s tunes while rebuilding strength, flexibility and endurance.

National Senior Health & Fitness Day:  Largest health & wellness event for older adults.

*Nia:  Connecting the body, mind, emotions and spirit through music.  Emphasis on stretching, strengthening, flexibility, agility & balance.

Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program (AFEP):  Certified AFEP instructor covers a variety of range of motion and endurance building activities, relaxation techniques and health education topics.  Program that has noted benefits including improved functional ability, decreased depression and increased confidence in one’s ability to exercise.  All exercises can be modified to meet participant’s needs.

*Strength & Balance:  Regain and maintain balance with strength training and coordination exercises.

*T’ai Chi & Chi Gong:  IMG_0561

Moving meditation, improve balance, increase flexibility, promote cardiovascular fitness.

*Water Aerobics:  Aerobics in a warm water pool, you don’t need to know how to swim, variety of workouts.  Summer program held at the Bob Welch Aquatic Center.

*Yoga Mat:  Standing, flowing movements, floor stretching, strengthening and relaxation.

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*Yogalates:  A combination of modified Hatha yoga and Pilates to develop and increase flexibility, strength, good posture, vivacity and mental awareness.

*Zumba Gold:  Easy to follow Zumba choreography that focuses on balance, range of motion, coordination, cardiovascular, muscular conditioning and flexibility.

EDUCATIONAL:

*Minnesota Safety Council Defensive Driving 55 +

Initial Course:  If you are 55 or older, save money on your care insurance premiums and become a better driver.  MN law requires insurance companies to offer you a 10% reduction for 3 years if you complete the National Safety Council’s Defensive Driving Course, taught by professional certified instructors.  Course is two-4 hour classroom sessions, no driving or test required.  Certificate provided for your insurance company after both classes have been completed.  Note:  Wisconsin residents must ask their insurance agent if they will cover the 10% discount.  Refresher Course:  4 hour safety driving class with 10% discount on insurance.  For those who have already taken any initial 8 hour class.  No driving and not test, you will receive a certificate of completion to provide your insurance company.  Note:  Wisconsin residents must ask their insurance agent if they will cover the 10% discount.

*Teleconferencing:  We are proud to collaborate with Senior Learning Network, Kansas City, MO to bring teleconferencing to our Center. SLN brings remarkable people and programs right into your world. Visit behind the scenes of the ballet and talk to dancers about their current performance or career; talk to the National Archives on research in genealogy; interact with authors to discuss their books and writing style; learn from scientists why they are trying to replicate spider silk – anything you can imagine can be brought to you.

*Seminars:  The Center has many experts within the community. Our programming brings in numerous speakers on their area of expertise. Master gardeners, physicians, new age alternative medicines, nature programs and more.

Alternative Medicine Study Group: Enhance your health with useful and easy to learn alternative medicine techniques.  This study group is for learning about “Energy Medicine” and how it could “energize” your life.  Learn through hand-outs, demonstrations, video clips and “hands—on” practice with study mates.  Learn concepts and techniques from Energy Medicine by Donna Eden, Spring Forest Qigong.  Reviews will be done so don’t worry if you miss a session.

INNOVATION:

*Acrylic Painting Class:  Always wanted to paint, but too afraid to try?  No experience necessary!  In these sessions all artists will follow and paint the same picture as the instructor.  A different painting will be done for each class, stop in at the center to view the art pieces.  Instruction and supplies are provided.  Make your own masterpiece to take home for yourself or to give as a gift.

*Writing Your Life:  Write stories and anecdotes about life experiences.  Encouragement by class members.

*Checks & Balances:  Merchants Bank employee will balance your checkbook, free and confidential; just walk in.

Boogie Bananza Extravaganza Friendship Day:  National Friendship day is celebrated on the first Sunday in August.  This day is dedicated to friends and friendship.  Join us for this celebration with an indoor hamburger picnic lunch and Malia’s famous 30′ banana split.

*Jewelry Classes:  Learn how to make your own earrings, bracelets or necklaces.  All materials provided.

CLUBS:

*Seasoned Stampers and Scrapbooking:  Making scrapbooks with photos and stamping greeting cards, fun and creative ideas with pictures.  Bring your own supplies, newcomers welcome.

*Woodcarving:  Members carve objects by hand from wood, all levels welcome from the beginner to the advanced.  Bring your own tools & wood.

*Knitting and Crafts:  Knitting, crocheting, needlepoint and crafts, socialize with others who have the same interests.

*Bundles of Love:  Make hand made items for needy babies:  quilts, afghans, sleepers, onesies and receiving blankets.  Volunteers needed for sewing, crocheting, knitting and cutting materials.

*Book Club:  Read the month’s selection & you are welcome to bring your lunch to class.

The Bike, Hike & Lunch Club:  Weekly rides on Mondays, ride 7-11 miles on bike trails at a moderate pace & return for lunch and socialize.

CARDS & GAMES:

*Pool:  Two regulation size tables, use cues provided or bring your own, all levels of players welcome, must be a member.  Tournaments held throughout the year.

*Scotch Doubles Pool Tournaments:  Teammates rotate shots.  Winners of each game move to the next round.  Must be a member.                                                                                             Doubles 3-15-13

*Singles Pool Tournament:  All players welcome, double elimination, best 2 out of 3 games, must be a member.

*Doubles 8 Ball Pool Tournament:  Two person teams set up by draw, double elimination, must be a member.

*Monday Pool Tournaments:  Members entered into tournament as they arrive prior to 11:45 a.m.  Possible to enter until 2 round of play.  No open pool during this time.  Must be a member.

*500 Cards:  Register before 11 a.m. on the day of the program.  All money taken in is paid out in prizes, must be a member.

*Schafskopf (Sheepshead):  Register before 11 a.m.  on the day of the program.  All money take in is paid out in cash prizes, must be a member.

*15 (Card game):  Register before 11 a.m. on the day of the program, play 15 hands, not necessary to know how to play the game, easy to learn.  All money taken in is paid out in cash prizes, must be a member.

*Texas Hold ‘Em Poker:  Register before 11 a.m. on the day of the program, for those who already know how to play this poker game, lessons are available on request, must be a member.texas game

*Mexican Train Dominoes:  Modern version of dominoes played with 91 double-twelve dominoes.  A unique feature is the little trains used for game markers.  Object of game is to get the least amount of points.

*Canasta:  Register before 11 a.m. on the day of the program, lessons available upon request, all money taken in will be paid out in prizes, must be a member.

*Wii Bowling:  Older adult Wii bowling has become an internet sensation, join our bowling league and train to play other centers across the nation in the future.

*Bingo:  Register before 11 a.m. on the day of the program, all money taken in is paid out in prizes, must be a member.

*Bridge: Interested in playing party bridge on Mondays and/or Thursdays?  Some experience necessary, if you have not played recently you are welcome to come and join us in a relaxed, fun atmosphere.  Contact Charlotte Clark at 454-0903.

*Table Tennis: available to use when programs are not going on in the room needed.

*Programs offered year around.

COMPUTERS:

Computers are available for members to use.  There are six stations throughout the building to work on computers.  Call ahead to make an appointment for assistance, students may be available for one on one assistance for the following:  Computer Basics, Internet, Email, Facebook, Kindle, iPad, Nook.  We are not responsible for programs or downloads to your personal devices.

FRIENDSHIPS FOREVER:

For the past year we have been running a wonderful program for older adults who can no longer come to the Center (health issues, transportation issues, etc.).  Students go to their homes and with technology are able to bring them back to the Center without ever leaving their home.  If you know someone who would benefit from Friendships Forever, please call us so we can set up an appointment to show them how it all works.