Senior services offers something for everyone

Published 1:25 pm Tuesday, August 1, 2023

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By Carrie Miller

Davie Senior Services

Are you 55 years of age or older and looking for something to keep you busy and healthy?

Davie County Senior Services is here for you.

Whether 55 or 105, Senior Services has an array of programs to keep you active, engaged, and socially involved in the community.

Mondays are a fun start to the week. At the Senior Services Main Campus, Jo Robinson teaches an art class where participants paint with acrylics, create mixed media pieces, and more. This class meets from 9 a.m.-noon.

Tuesdays are for quilting from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Quilters give advice on each other’s pieces and enjoy fellowship.

There is also American Mahjong, a fun tile game that is a perfect blend of dominoes and gin rummy that meets Tuesday afternoons at 1.

On Wednesdays, there is a crocheting group that meets from 9-11 a.m. New participants are welcome to join and learn.

Woodcarving meets from 9 a.m.-noon on Wednesdays, taught by Tim Trudgeon, who is well versed and knowledgeable on woodcarving.

If cards are more your thing, bring a partner and join the duplicate bridge group on Wednesdays from 1-4:15 p.m.

Every Thursday afternoon, folks gather to play Texas Hold ‘Em, a poker game that is just for fun – no real betting allowed, starting at 1 p.m.

Thursdays from September-June at 10 a.m. is when the Singing Seniors fill the hallways with a joyful noise and practice for performances.

At the Senior Services Health and Fitness campus in the Brock Recreation Center, there are exercise classes from which to choose.

Start the morning with SilverHealth and Morning Wake Up on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8:30-9:30. These classes go together and focus on basic strength and flexibility. Classes are taught by Mike Orsillo and Lita Wieter.

At 11 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, Kim Crawford teaches Yoga for Seniors. These classes are a gentle form of exercise and help improve flexibility and relieve stress. The 12:15 p.m. class is available on Zoom for those interested in attending virtually. For those who prefer their yoga in the evening, there is a Monday only yoga class at 6 p.m. each week.

Monday afternoons at 4, the Davie Dazzlers Cheerleading group meets and is actively looking for new members. The cheerleading coach is Ina Beavers. Cheerleading is a category for SilverArts with opportunities to compete at the local and state levels, but you do not have to compete to be a part of the group.

Line dancing is one of the most popular classes. There are three classes: Social Line Dancing meets on Tuesdays from 9:45-10:45 a.m. Level 1 Line Dancing meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:45 -9:45 a.m. and Tuesdays at 6:15 p.m. Level 2 Line Dancing meets on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:45-10:45 a.m. These classes are taught by Julie Cartner. They do perform on occasion and are collectively called the Boogie Brigade.

Zumba is another way to stay healthy and fit and there are two classes: at 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, taught by Gladys Scott. The second class meets Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 5-6 p.m., taught by Krysta Gary. The classes are designed to get you up and moving. The moves are inspired by Latin dance steps and will help you have fun while increasing your heart rate and burning calories. If needed, chair options are available for both classes.

Afternoon Pick Me Up is a new class that meets on Wednesdays and Fridays from 3-3:45 p.m. and focuses on basic strength and flexibility. This is similar to SilverHealth and Morning Wake Up, but is geared for those who prefer to exercise in the afternoon. This is taught by Lita Wieter.

On Thursday afternoons, Chair Yoga meets at 4:. Modified for sitting in a chair, this class offers the benefits of traditional yoga including increased balance, increased flexibility, reduction of stress, and focused breathing. The class is taught by Harolene Atwood.

If you prefer workouts through activities, there are several regularly scheduled gym activities. Each Monday-Friday is a reserved time from 8-10: a.m. for walkers inside of the Brock Gym. Walkers can join the Senior Steppers program, record their laps, and compete for bragging rights for walking the most laps in the gym each month.

If pickleball is more your thing, there are three times reserved. On Mondays and Fridays, n join in Pickleball from 10:-11:30 a.m., and on Wednesday evenings from 5:30-7.

Basketball Open play is on Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m.  You will get a chance to shoot hoops in the gym, and may even catch sight of the national gold champion Silver Spirits practicing.

On Thursdays, the gym is set aside for badminton from 2-3 p.m. and for Evening Cornhole from 5:30-7. This is a great time to come out and learn how to play from some of the experts.

The Brock Campus has a Fitness Room with treadmills, weight equipment, recumbent bicycles, and elliptical machines, and is available each weekday and most evenings. This room does require a short orientation prior to use, which can be scheduled by calling Senior Services.

These opportunities are free of charge for anyone 55 and older.

There are also a multitude of special events each month.

The Main Campus is at 278 Meroney St., Mocksville and is open Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4:30  p.m. The Senior Services Brock Campus is at 644 N. Main St., Mocksville and is open Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-8: p.m. and Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

To reach either campus, call 336-753-6230.