On Thursday, October 10, 2019, NAM hosted a celebration to announce the new name and rebranding of its Fifty Plus Senior Center to the Young at Heart Senior Center. Over 55 seniors attended this free event.
NAM engages nearly 450 seniors in activities designed to enhance socialization, physical fitness, and general well-being. Over the summer, those seniors were asked to vote on a new name for the center and “Young at Heart Senior Center” won hands down.
The morning started off with a Senior Social Hour, where seniors and volunteers from ExxonMobil ate breakfast and participated in creating holiday cards that will be delivered to homebound seniors in NAM’s Meals on Wheels program.
For seniors that enjoy being active, they participated in a game of Beach Ball Volleyball or got to join a yoga class. Seniors who prefer to “play the numbers” sat down for a rousing game of Bingo for the chance to win awesome prizes.
To get into the spirit of the Fall weather, volunteers and seniors decorated cupcakes to look like cute – and delicious – Thanksgiving turkeys. It was a little messy, but definitely a lot of fun!
Lunch, sponsored by ExxonMobil, was served at Noon and included Subway Sandwiches, chips, cookies and drinks for all of the clients and volunteers. A lot of conversation and laughter were also served up during lunch where the volunteers got to know their elders a little better.
Once lunch concluded, the activities continued with more arts and crafts such as decorating pumpkins for Halloween and designing more holiday cards. The physical activities also continued with Line Dancing, which volunteers were encouraged to join in.
As things wrapped up late afternoon, everyone talked about how much fun they had and hoped to do it again very soon.
The Young at Heart Senior Center is designed to help anyone over the age of 50 meet new friends, stay active, and have a fun outlet for mental and physical activity. The program offers an exciting array of activities for seniors to choose from, including cultural trips to the theater or museums; educational classes on topics like safe driving, money management, or nutrition; physical activities such as yoga or line dancing; and games ranging from Bingo to Wii Bowling. There is also a book club and a sewing club that seniors can be a part of. Plus, three days a week, seniors can gather at NAM’s 60+ Café for a hot, nutritious lunch with friends – free of charge.
For more information about NAM’s Young at Heart Senior Center visit the Senior Center receptionist desk on the 2nd floor or call 281- 885-4600.