Just a few short weeks ago, cities were abuzz with holiday parties, family gatherings, festive decorations, and community events. December was a flurry of activities–a hard act to follow for poor January. For many seniors, January and February are difficult months as the wintertime blues kick in. Events have ended and people are now back to work. Cold weather, quiet days alone at the house, the empty mailbox that last month was flooded with warm greetings from loved ones. However, your local community center may just have the very thing to chase those blues away!
Senior Community Centers, often run by the local Office on Aging, are great gathering places for seniors to come together and fellowship, create, learn, and engage. While they provide a valuable service for seniors, they also offer enable caregivers to have a break and have some respite time. Activities range from bingo to book club, from computer classes to cardio workouts. Many senior centers invite guest speakers to come and discuss senior issues or perform demonstrations. Periodically, senior centers will organize day-trips and provide transportation to a local destination of choice. Many seniors enjoy participating in the charitable work done through these community centers as seniors volunteer to help with the city’s non-profit efforts, giving them a sense of purpose and community.
If you would like more information on the senior centers in your area, contact your local chamber of commerce or Office on Aging. You may also find information available online, such as this helpful site for Knox County residents. Many publish a monthly Calendar of Events, where you can plan your visits around the day’s activities and times, such as Knoxville’s John T. O’Connor Center.
Enjoy the new friends and fun activities!