For 2013, the center plans to add Zumba Gold classes and possibly weight training for post-menopausal women. Such training three days a week for 30 minutes a day helps those women avoid osteoporosis, supporters said.
Quality of life, health
Deaton said staffers at the multipurpose activity center “firmly believe seniors can continue to live independently, within their own homes.” Yet, they also can have “the highest-quality leisure programs that include recreation, socialization, education and nutrition,” Deaton said.
The senior center is supported by the city of Edmond's Parks and Recreation Department.
A daily hot-meal program was started three years ago after funding cuts were made in the Oklahoma County Senior Nutrition program. The meal program serves 40 people a day.
“Seniors attending the meal program tend to be older and more vulnerable, making it doubly important that they receive a nutritious meal while at the center as well as participate in other programs,” Deaton said.”
“These individuals are most at risk for failing health and self-neglect at home; without the senior center and the meal program, their ability to live independently could easily be compromised,” Deaton added.
If those seniors are unable to continue at the senior center due to ill health or medical rehabilitation, the senior center staff tries to refer them to community resources such as Edmond Mobile Meals, which delivers hot meals to Edmond's homebound seniors and disabled adults, Deaton said.
Senior center staff and participants particularly look forward to the completion of the Edmond Recreational and Aquatic Center being built next door.
“Our participants are very excited about the new swimming pool and the walking track. The new recreation facility will complement the Edmond Senior Center's efforts to provide the very best in programming for senior adults who continue to move to the Edmond area after retirement,” Deaton said.