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Sheboygan Senior Activity Center meeting health and wellness needs | Schmitz

“Aging is not lost youth, but a new stage of opportunity and strength,” said Betty Friedan, writer, activist and feminist who lived to be 85.

Longevity alone does not guarantee “aging well” and seniors’ circumstances often change from year to year. The seniors at the Sheboygan Senior Activity Center believe strongly that adopting positive behavior change and increasing community engagement can put all seniors on the path to realize the potential of living longer than any generation in history.

Evidence of people becoming more aware and intentional about how they spend their time can be seen at the Senior Activity Center of Sheboygan. I started here 13 years ago, and back then most people came to enjoy a meal together, take a fitness class, socialize in a game of cards, bingo or an art activity. Today seniors are interested in health and wellness information and activities, which inform most our program planning.

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Classes held at the center are designed to give the skills and tools needed to make measurable improvements in managing health. In other words, they are for everyone regardless of their starting point or physical ability. It’s never too late to start making small changes that can have a huge impact on the rest of your life.

From Allegro, an energizing dance class, to Yoga, which increases strength, stamina, flexibility and balance, there is a fitness class or activity for everyone. Some fitness opportunities are free, such as ping pong and the use of exercise machines. Most are very affordable. 

Each month, Kerri Robertson encourages members to take on a health challenge such as how many pushups you can do in a minute or cutting down on sugar for a month. 

The Sheboygan Senior Activity Center participates at weekend events such as Walk Road America to Cure Cancer, which will be Saturday, Oct. 28, this year. All month long we will show support for breast cancer, wearing pink workout clothes. Remember when old ladies were referred to as “blue hairs?” Come check out the pink hair in October!

Athletic Therapeutic Institute (ATI) Physical Therapies, one of Sheboygan Senior Activity Center collaborative partners, is hosting a complimentary screening clinic every second Thursday, starting in October, to evaluate areas of discomfort and provide guidance for further care. This opportunity came about due to the tremendous interest that was shown in senior’s educational presentations earlier this year.

Our popular health education series Wellness Cafe continues Tuesday, Oct. 31. Wellness Café is sponsored by North Shore Health Services. The Oct. 31 Wellness Café features Ginny Nyhuis, Community Outreach Coordinator of the Alzheimer’s Association, who will be presenting “Know the Ten Signs: Early Alzheimer’s Detection.”  

Aging well means living well, even with physical challenges. At noon on Nov. 6, join Kerri to learn more about an upcoming class. Call 920-459-3290 to register or learn more about health and wellness opportunities. 

For more information on any of these upcoming events, go to the Sheboygan Senior Activity Center’s website www.sheboyganseniorcenter.com, contact Wendy Schmitz by email wendy.schmitz@sheboyganwi.gov, or call (920) 459-3287.

Wendy Schmitz is a Moxie columnist and Sheboygan Senior Activity Center supervisor.

Article source: http://www.sheboyganpress.com/story/life/2017/10/12/sheboygan-senior-activity-center-meeting-health-and-wellness-needs-schmitz/724052001/

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