A great event for all who plan on aging is the upcoming Ageless Expo. Just as our perception of individuals age 55 and up has changed over the past fifteen years, so has the Ageless Expo. Beginning in 1999 as a community event, it continues to grow in exhibitors and attendance. You will still find workshops, entertainment groups and exhibitors, but the focus is on education, information and an overall younger outlook on aging. Throughout our lives, we have passions, interests and bucket lists for our retirement.
They are the sounds of summer if you are a tennis or golf player! The sounds are different, but the passion that moves the players is the same. Just games you say? Don’t let them hear you. Each swing of the racket or club brings joy to the hearts of the true players! Time has slowed the movements, muscles are not as in tune as they used to be, but the competitive nature is still there! If you have the passion to play tennis and or golf, we have programs for you.
Pat VanGuilder of Brainerd already participated in exercise programs, game groups and volunteers at The Center. She enjoys all of those activities, but wanted something more; just not certain what. While Pat was volunteering as a greeter for The Center in their booth at the Brainerd Lakes Marketplace, she found out The Center was researching sponsoring community forums. This was it! This was what Pat had been looking for.
Today, our health concerns effect all ages. The board of directors of The Center are very conscious of this fact and set a goal two years ago to begin health education forums. In 2013 we, along with Essentia Health, sponsored these health education forums — Today’s Women with the focus areas of breast cancer and menopause and Today’s Men with the focus areas of prostate and bone health. Both events had along with health education information, creative breakout sessions that attendees could select from and great food to end the event!
Carolyn had participated in the Lakes Area Great Decisions group last year; she found the group to be very informative. The Center will be the host site for the decisions group this year. Carolyn paid the $35 fee and picked up the workbook to see what the discussions were going to be about this year. Each month there is a new topic for decision. This year the topics are; Defense Technology, Israel and the US, Turkey’s Challenges, Islamic Awakening, Energy Independency, Food and Climate, China’s Foreign Policy and US Trade Policy.
By DEANN BARRY Like it or not, as we age our health becomes increasingly important and we need to be mindful of that. If you are like me, you like to eat what you want, exercise is something that is thought about once a year and healthy eating habits include breads, desserts and ice cream, which is a food group!
You know who you are! Waiting until the last minute, hoping for the best deals and getting frustrated when you can’t find the right gift right away. Yes, I’m one of you too; a last minute shopper but I will share the best kept shopping secret with you. The best place to shop for your Christmas gifts is the Gift Shop at The Center. The Center’s Gift Shop has it all. Great deals all the time, not just on certain days or with coupons; great gifts at great prices every day. You can find a unique gift for everyone on your list! A gift they will cherish, use and remember you for.
The Center has a toy makers group who makes wooden toys to give to needy children and has done so for a couple of years.
Chuck had wanted to learn beer brewing as a hobby, but had not found the time. Now that he is retired, he just might fit it in. When Chuck read the poster about the Today’s Men event being held at The Center, he saw one of the breakout sessions was beer brewing; that peeked his interest right away. The other sessions include golf tips, winter fishing and wood carving; another hobby that Chuck is interested in learning.
Biking on the trails, dining in a dash and we’re on the road again to the Ageless Expo. Tom and Judy always enjoyed attending the Ageless Expo. Every year exhibitors, entertainment groups and workshops changed. This year they had checked out the schedule ahead of time at The Center and already knew there were a couple of workshops that they really wanted to attend.