MC Senior Center renews focus on getting healthy

Photo courtesy Michigan City Parks & RecreationMembers of the “Between a Walk & a Hard Pace” walking club at the Michigan City Senior Center started in July with half-mile walks and have progressed to just over a mile a day. They walk every weekday at 9 a.m.

MICHIGAN CITY – In setting its goals for 2018, administrators of the Michigan City Senior Center chose to focus on health and wellness as top priorities.

“While being healthy is always an area of concentration at the Senior Center, this year they are stepping up their game, so to speak,” according to center director Tara Miller.

In April, the lakefront center hosted a Spa Day for members to pamper themselves and “give special attention to the way they feel,” Miller said. Haircuts by Thompson’s Meets Zentress were offered by Master Stylists, along with manicures, chair massages and make-up sessions, all at bargain prices.

In July, a new walking club got its feet off the ground.

“Between a Walk & a Hard Pace” features walks through Washington Park led by Miller. Club members get together Monday through Friday at 9 a.m. for a daily stroll. The first two weeks consisted of half-mile walks around Fedder’s Alley.

“The next two weeks, those who wanted to challenge themselves continued to walk around the outskirts of Fedder’s Alley, but then instead of heading back up the hill to the Senior Center, continued on to the zoo entrance and then back to the center, which is about .8 miles,” Miller said.

In August, the group went even farther, walking to the main entrance of Washington Park, a hike of just over a mile.

“There are participants that walk briskly, with others walking more slowly and even stopping to rest as need be,” Miller said. “The point of the program is just to get moving and improve stamina each week.”

Anyone is invited to join the walks, even non-members. Membership is encouraged for those 55 and older.

The Senior Center staff is now looking ahead to the fall, when Lifeline Screening will be on site to offer health screenings for early detection of several health conditions, including carotid artery plaque buildup, heart rhythm abnormalities (atrial fibrillation), abdominal aortic aneurysm (enlargement), and peripheral arterial disease.

Osteoporosis risk assessments will also be available as part of a package deal for $149 for all five tests.

These programs are in addition to the many exercise classes the Senior Center offers:

n A Chair Exercise program meets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9:45 a.m.

n A program called “Centering Workshop” – offered the same days at 10:30 a.m. – features a blend of meditation, Qi Gong, Yoga and Tai Chi to help seniors focus on their mind as well as their body.

n A separate Tai Chi class meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. for those who enjoy gentle movements specifically designed to improve balance and mental clarity.

“If you’re feeling a bit sluggish, you may want to consider becoming a member and getting involved with one of the many programs designed specifically for seniors,” Miller said.

“Exercise has been shown to improve energy levels, increase production of endorphins – hormones that trigger feelings of euphoria – and strengthen the body. Now is the perfect time to get healthy and the Michigan City Senior Center is just the place.”

Membership is $10 per year. For more information, call 219-873-1504, visit michigancityparks.com or check out the page on Facebook.

Plans & Progress

The News-Dispatch is taking a look at progress being made in Michigan City and La Porte County, and plans that are in the works or soon to get going. It started with a special section on Aug. 30, and will continue with a series of stories highlighting plans and progress by government entities, schools, businesses, clubs, churches and organizations. If you know of major progress in any endeavor, or big plans in the works, contact managing editor Jeff Mayes at jmayes@thenewsdispatch.com with suggestions and story ideas.

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