CLEARFIELD – National Senior Center Month is celebrated every year in September.
The national celebration theme this year is: Find Balance at your Center. This year’s theme highlights the many ways individuals find balance and whole person wellness at senior centers.
During National Senior Center Month, the managers at the Centers for Active Living in Clearfield County want to get it out to the public – who they are, what they do and what’s available to get people interested in coming and getting involved one way or another with the center.
September is also Falls Prevention month. The centers will offer opportunities during this month to raise awareness about how to prevent fall-related injuries among older adults. The theme of this year’s event is Ready, Steady, Balance: Prevent Falls in 2016.
“While senior centers still offer the simple comforts like hot meals daily, they’ve become much more than a meal site. There is so much more to a center for active living,” states Rikki Ross, director of marketing and planning for the CCAAA.
“The visiting and socialization that goes on is very important to people. Many people have lost a spouse or loved one, and this is like a big family. And, like any family, it’s important for every member to have plenty of activities to participate in.”
Managers focus on keeping seniors active and involved by offering different types of exercise programs, activities to promote healthy brains, encouraging individual or group involvement in the community and promoting volunteer opportunities.
“Come to one of the Centers for Active Living in Clearfield County and help celebrate the national theme of Find Balance at your Center,” s Ross said. Some of the special activities during the month of September are:
- 9/13 – 10 a.m. – Infection Control as We Enter Flu Season and Blood Pressure, Oxygen Saturation and Glucose screenings with Lauretta Dave, Omni Home Care
- 9/14 – Come celebrate National Cream-Filled Donut Day; 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Certified Senior Advisors; 11 a.m. – Older Adults & Depression with Deborah Smolko
- 9/15 – 11 a.m. – Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness with Mary Keck, Guardian Home and Community
- 9/19 – 10:30 a.m. – Seeking Medical Information Online with Lori Rancik, Penn Highlands Health Care
- 9/21 – 10 a.m. – Dry Eyes with Robin Orris, Association for the Blind
- 9/22 – 11 a.m. – Healthy Habits with Jackie, CCAAA PrimeTime Health
- 9/28 – 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Certified Senior Advisors; 11 a.m. – Is That Fruit? Crazy Fruit Tasting with Cheryl
- 9/14 – Grandparents Day Celebration
- 9/19 – 11:15 a.m. – Dry Eyes with Robin Orris, Association for the Blind
- 9/21 – 11:15 a.m. – Healthy Habits with Jackie, CCAAA PrimeTime Health
- 9/23 – 11:15 a.m. – Aneurysm with Lori Rancik, The Women’s Health Center of Penn Highlands Health Care
- 9/12 – Craft – Making greeting cards for Nursing Homes
- 9/13 – Healthy Aging For Your Eyes with Robin Orris, Association for the Blind
- 9/15 – 12:30 p.m. – Nutrition/Summertime Berries – Making Smoothies
- 9/19 – 12:30 p.m. – Name That Tune!
- 9/21 – Craft
- 9/22 – 12:30 p.m. – Relaxation and Medication with Erin Johnson, Windy Hill Village
- 9/27 – 12:30 p.m. – Fall Safety with Yiva, Resta Home Health
- 9/28 – 12:30 p.m. – Healthy Habits with Jackie, CCAAA PrimeTime Health
- 9/14 – 11 a.m. – Falls with Dan or Allison, Ridgeview Health and Rehabilitation
- 9/19 – 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Vaccination Shots with Clearfield County State Health Center
- 9/20 – 11 a.m. – Prescriptions Take Back with Karen Orner, Clearfield/Jefferson County Drug and Alcohol Commission
- 9/21 – 11 a.m. – Learn Not to Return, Lori Rancik, The Women’s Health Center of Penn Highlands Health Care
- 9/27 – 11 a.m. – Dry Eyes with Robin Orris, Association of the Blind
- 9/28 – 11 a.m. – Fall Fire Prevention with Mahaffey Community Volunteer Fire Department
- 9/9 – Cookie Bingo
- 9/12 – Chocolate Milkshake Day – Come Join Us!
- 9/27 – Open Forum with Trooper Morris, Pennsylvania State Police
Farmers Market Vouchers are available at all Clearfield County Centers until Sept. 30 or until supply is depleted.
No reservations are needed to visit the Centers. Information on this and other programs, meals, and activities is available by calling 814-765-2696 or 1-800-225-8571 or visiting the CCAAA Web site at www.ccaaa.net.
Programs and services of the agency are funded in part by the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, the Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging Inc., Mature Resources Foundation, and local and consumer contributions.