Ring in the New Year With Senior Wellness

Happy New Year! We know that sometimes the post holiday season with the departure of family and friends can feel like a bit of a letdown, especially for seniors. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Now is the time to revel in a bit of downtime, define new goals, and seize the moment for action.

We’re here to help with several resources for our local seniors to start the New Year off right.

Have you been wanting to learn a new skill, feel more confident about getting out and about, or  looking for new ways to connect with others?

Here’s our quick list of how to make that happen:

SENIOR TECH DAY- Now is your chance to tackle those pesky tech questions you have been avoiding. Join fellow seniors for a drop-in session to get your questions answered about a gadget or device you own, and learn more about navigating social media, the web, or your email.

Volunteers from YouthServe will be on hand to provide you with the tech support you desire to gain new skills and to learn how to make new online connections with friends and family. All sessions are led by local teens with an adult supervisor to answer any advanced questions.

Drop-in sessions are held twice a month at the Louden Nelson Senior Center.  All seniors are welcome to attend. Apple and Windows computers are provided. January classes are Saturday Jan 5th and Jan 19th from 12-3PM.  Learn more about Senior Tech Day.

A MATTER OF BALANCE WORKSHOPS- Feel more confident about getting out of the house by registering for the next A Matter of Balance class. There are still a few spots left for this month’s class happening on Tuesday and Thursday from 2-4PM January 15th through Feb 7th at Louden Nelson Senior Center.  A Matter of Balance, is a National Program developed by the Administration on Aging. This 8-week class is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults through goal setting, safety education, and simple exercises to increase strength and balance. Learn More and Register.

And then there is our favorite way to encourage wellness, connection, and confidence – VOLUNTEERING!

You may be surprised to learn that volunteering is connected to better health. New data from a study looking at the health benefits of volunteering shows that volunteers report improved health after a year of service. Volunteers reported decreased anxiety and depression; decreased loneliness and social isolation and enhanced physical capacity.

Helping others not only makes you feel good about yourself, but your actions have lasting effects on those you serve, which can be just as rewarding as knowing you’re contributing to your own self-improvement.

Volunteering on a regular basis can give you a sense of purpose, fulfillment and accomplishment. The reward of volunteering can make you feel better about yourself, and improve your self-confidence.

Now is the perfect time to take charge of your health and get socially active by serving your community. The Volunteer Center has a diverse selection of opportunities for you to choose from.  Learn more about your volunteering options.

You can also call or stop by one of our locations to get more information about opportunities near you. Volunteering is a great way to meet new people and build meaningful connections.

We look forward to meeting you!

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