Senior Program June News

The month of May brought warmer weather and sent the seniors out in large numbers to attend our Salute To Spring Breakfast.  During the scrumptious, mouthwatering meal, catered by Rosiland’s Catering, the seniors were informed of the free activities that are offered here at Gloria J. Parks Community Center. The monthly field trip was a visit to the Richmond Summer Community Center to attend Mayor Byron Brown’s Resource and Wellness Fair. It was great  seeing friends from other centers as well receiving pertinent information regarding health care.  Several of our seniors won prizes as well!
The seniors enjoyed their usual activities consisting of Stretch Band Exercise each Monday, led by Brenda Favor from Erie County Senior Services.  Each Tuesday and Thursday the seniors played their beloved Bingo both in the morning and after eating a delicious lunch prepared by Erie County Stay Fit Program.  Each Wednesday the center was buzzing with conversation and laughter as the seniors participated in the Hustle For Health exercise program, led by Phyllis Caver, created by Jazzy T from WBLK 93.7 FM.  The Friday morning Tai Chi classes, led by David Udin, were well attended.  After a short break they participated in Shuffleboard games to end the week at the center.
Our twice weekly computer classes began last month.  Each Wednesday and Thursday the classes are taught by Mark Walter.  After just four classes the seniors have learned an awful lot.  By the end of the six-week session they will be proficient on the basic use of the computer!
As the month of May came to an end, the center was full of seniors eager to take the two-part AARP Smart Driving Safety classes.  Andrea Hedgecock was the instructor who kept the participants engaged.  They all left with a wealth of knowledge and a certificate of participation which allowed them to receive a discount on their automobile insurance.
June will begin another month of activities starting with a visit to our local UB Anderson Art Gallery. We will begin a walking program as well as an arts and crafts activity during the week with the help of the students from the Occupational Therapy (OT) Department from the University of Buffalo.  The OT students will also provide assistance/tutorial with the computer classes We are introducing a weekly Salsa/Latin Dance class this month as well.
After many requests we now provide door to door transportation to our center.  Peter Filim is our driver who will pick you up. Please take advantage of this service and join us for a fun time as often as you can!