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Gettin’ their brunch on — Seniors gather for fun, exercise and learning

What better way to spend a warm summer morning than hanging out with friends, having brunch and doing some Zumba?

Golden Brunchersize, the second of its kind, was held at The Cook Education Center Thursday, hosted by New Century Hospice, Brookdale Corsicana, Guardian Home Health, Twilight Home and Navarro Regional Hospital’s Senior Circle.

In addition to a lovely brunch of fresh fruit, yogurt, granola, orange juice and more, participants had a chance at door prizes which included Premier jewelry from Emily Griggs, and prizes provided by Navarro Regional Hospital.

Diana Castillo of Shall We Dance studio led the group in some “chair Zumba;” Shea Woods, RN with Guardian Home Health addressed them regarding signs of strokes and what to watch for; and Associate Pastor Cory Brand of First Baptist Church gave a brief message.

“The last Wednesday of May is National Senior Health Awareness day, and National Stroke Awareness day is in May as well,” said Kelly Lovett with New Century Hospice. “We thought we’d combine the two and include a session on spiritual wellness too.”

Lovett said there were some new faces Thursday, and mentioned a hope to begin holding the session once per quarter rather than annually.

“Hey, it’s fun,” said Jaynie Johnston. “If you’re not part of the Senior Circle, come join us — we have fun.

“We’re so appreciative of all the home health agencies in town, they are so supportive of seniors.”

Castillo does an exercise class twice weekly at the Senior Activity Center, at 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

“This is great, a good opportunity for ladies in their ‘golden years’ to get fun and activity,” said Kathe Miles.

Miles serves on the board of the Navarro County Humane Society, American Cancer Society, and is president of the Navarro Regional Hospital Auxiliaries this year.

“Connie (Beal) called me to come down and participate, and I did,” Miles said of the Senior Circle director. “The hospital auxiliary needs volunteers, and if you become an auxiliary volunteer, that covers your membership in Senior Circle.”

The next big event planned for Seniors is the Sixth Annual Senior Dance to be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 23 at The Cook Education Center. This year’s theme is “Hillbilly Hoe Down,” so wear your hillbilly clothes, apply some freckles, and come on out. There will be music, snacks and lots of door prizes. Tickets are available from Beal, Kelly Bell at Brookdale Senior Living, or Alicia Rogers at Family First Hospice.


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