"I've begun to dye my hair white!" This was a quote from the keynote presentation given by former WCCO-TV news anchor Don Shelby at the Ageless Expo Saturday at Forestview Middle School. Shelby shared his perspective on aging. He suggested remembering the thing that caused a spark as a child and to try to fulfill that dream in retirement. Think outside of the box to achieve it, Shelby said, but reconnect and make it happen. He encouraged people to face fears without letting fear change what you want to achieve.
Energized: a verb used to describe an action; to give vitality and enthusiasm to. At The Center, we are beginning a program - The Center Energized - where individually or in groups we will be taking action. Those actions are categorized into four areas: physical exercise, mental exercise, social interaction and eating healthy. Funded in part by a grant from Crow Wing Energized, the program will kick off at 9:30 a.m. April 1 in the great room. The program will be open to members of The Center for $3 a person or non-members for $5. Everyone who participates needs to be over the age of 45.
The Center will be offering art and wine classes. If you have had the desire to try painting, but never have taken the chance, here's your opportunity. We have professional artists wanting to provide a fun, entertaining and creative experience for others. The schedule for classes is as follows: Watercolor and Wine - 3-5:30 p.m., Feb. 11. Instructor is Phyllis Frankum. Cost is $24 for members, $26 for non-members. Painting Oils and Pinot - 3-5:30 p.m., Feb. 19. Instructor is Jean Tidhome. Cost is $23 for members, $25 for non-members. Riesling and Rosemaling - 3-5:30 p.m., Feb. 26.
Now that we have switched from daylight saving time, the afternoons seem so long. I have some ideas for you to fill those long afternoons. Here at The Center, we have many activities, events and programs from Monday through Friday that will make your afternoons go by fast. If you are a person who enjoys games, we have plenty to choose from. We play mahjong at 10 a.m. Wednesdays or there are lessons, if you want to learn how, at 10 a.m. on Mondays and Fridays. We play a lot of card games: party bridge at 12:30 p.m. on Mondays, duplicate bridge at 6 p.m.
Fall has arrived, and it forces us to look for indoor activities. If you enjoy being active, meeting people and experiencing new things, I encourage you to stop into The Center to see what we have to offer. Listed here are just a few events coming up in the next month. We have more than 35 activities, event and programs each week. Harvest Bingo will be held Oct. 26. Join us for a great afternoon of fun and fellowship, and you might even win a turkey. The fall apparel sale will begin at 11 am. Come in a find a great gently used jacket for a great price.
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.