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Column: Having Fun Isn’t Just for Kids

Recreation programs for older Alexandrians.

There are many factors that go into maintaining good health — proper nutrition, physical activity, socialization, and mental exercise as well. As we grow older, it is particularly important that we incorporate these elements permanently into our everyday lives. Continuing the recent theme of health and wellness for older adults, the Senior Speaker Series presented by Senior Services of Alexandria's (SSA) Senior Resource Center is partnering with the Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities to explore some of the ways Alexandria's older residents can get out, meet new people, exercise, have fun, and do something new.

Join the staff of SSA's Senior Resource Center, the Alexandria Rec Department, Alexandria Library, and other local organizations to learn about the many activities, classes, and programs available for Alexandria's mature adults. The 90-minute event kicks off with free exercise & activity demonstrations and will feature information on the City of Alexandria's newly branded program “Power Plus 55”: Ageless Recreation for Alexandrians 55+, as well as how the Senior Resource Center can help you find a variety of things to do in the future.

This installment of the Senior Speaker Series, “Explore Activities for Alexandria's Seniors,” will take place at the Chinquapin Recreation Center, 3210 King Street in Alexandria, on April 12, at 11 a.m. For more information or to register over the phone, call SSA at 703-836-4414, ext. 10. To register online, visit http://exploringactivities.eventbrite.com.

Also, watch for more information about our May Senior Speaker Series event, “Opportunities for Continuing Education.” To learn about the Senior Speaker Series and SSA's new Senior Resource Center, visit www.SeniorServicesAlex.org or call (703) 836-4414, ext. 13. We hope to see you on April 12.

By Lydia Durand

Development Director, Senior Services of Alexandria