Check out what’s happening this week!

Join us this week for the start of our running group, we’ll be playing bingo, going on a Wednesday walk, making silk scarves with Ms. Gussy in art class, and learning about financial literacy with the Edward Jones’ class. Don’t forget about our upcoming 3rd Friday bike ride, happening this Friday at 6:30 p.m. For more information about any of our activities or to register or just to say hello!, email Gael Doyle at

Small Ways to Start Moving More

From our friends at Move It Monday:

One small step for mankind, one giant leap for your overall wellness.

We’ve all got busy schedules, but it’s important to remember to set aside time for some movement. It might be hard to believe, but it’s possible (actually, pretty easy) to go an entire day without having to walk more than a few hundred steps.

But making slight modifications to your daily routine can lead to monumental life transformations. Simple activities such as walking, gardening, or even climbing a few extra flights of stairs can positively impact your overall health, reducing the risk of developing diabetes and helping with weight management. If you want to expand your range of motion and incorporate more physical activity into your day, then you’ve got to go small and walk home.

Here is our list of other small changes you can make to your daily routine that can help you become more active.

Take a Lap (Around the House)

It might not seem like much, but tidying up the house or simply walking from room to room are two simple ways to re-introduce yourself to some low stress movements.

Move with Music

Music is a powerful motivator. Put on a playlist —rock, jazz, POP…whatever gets you going, and let the tunes take over.

Track Your Progress

Wearable fitness devices like an Apple Watch or Fitbit can serve a number of functions like track steps and distances, measure the calories burnt, and monitor heart rate and sleep quality. Tracking your progress and seeing improvements will help keep you motivated and committed to your activity goals.

Suggest a “Walking” Coffee Date

We know that everyone loves a meet-up over coffee, but what if you could take your chat outside? Ask for your Joe to-go, and try walking and talking – you’ll get fresh air and extra exercise.

Park Far Away

May not seem like much, but those extra steps in and out of your barber shop or grocery store do add up.

Chores Build Cores

No, this isn’t a way of tricking you into cleaning the stove top or lint-rolling couch cushions. By giving the house or apartment a thorough cleaning, you’re doing your body a lot of good by engaging muscles that you may not use otherwise. A little bit of elbow grease goes a long way.

 Take a Class Outdoors

We’re not talking extreme kayaking or rock climbing. Learning a new skill that gets you out of the house — be it photography, birdwatching, or gardening — can help add a surprising number of steps to your daily routine.

Today and Upcoming

Tonight at 6:30

Social Security: Understanding and Maximizing your benefits. A great resource for anyone who plans to retire in the next 15 years.

Starting Monday evening at 6:30

Have you always wanted to become a runner but didn’t know where to start? Then this group is for you!
We will work through an 8-week Couch to 5K program and a 14-week 10k program.

Coming up Friday September 17th, our Third Friday Bike Ride! Meet outside the Decatur Rec Center at 6:15 p.m., wheels down and ready to ride at 6:30 p.m. Helmets required!

Contact Gael Doyle at for more information or to register for any of our events!

Social Security: Understanding and Maximizing your benefits

Tomorrow night, 6:30 p.m. at the Decatur Rec Center: Social Security – Understanding and Maximizing your benefits. A great resource for anyone who plans to retire in the next 15 years.

Topics include how your benefits are calculated, spousal and ex-spousal benefits, survivor benefits, potential taxation of benefits, early retirement and delayed retirement strategies, and more. RSVP with Gael Doyle at

Couch to 5K/10K

Have you always wanted to become a runner but didn’t know where to start? Then this group is for you!
We will work through an 8-week Couch to 5K program and a 14-week 10k program. Contact Gael Doyle at to register!

This week in Active Living

Join us tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Decatur Rec Center for Medicare 101: Navigating the Medicare maze.

This course assists the attendee in understanding the many facets and particulars of Medicare. Attendees gain a foundation of Medicare Part A, Part B, Part C (Medicare Advantage) and Part D (Prescription Drug Plan).

Areas include when to apply, how to apply, how it interacts with private insurance, deductibles, and what factors to include in choosing the right plan.

Check out all our activities for this week and coming up! Medicare 101 tonight, Wednesday Walk at 9 a.m., and Social Security class: Understanding and maximizing your benefits.

Next week we’ll start our Couch to 5K/10K running group, play bingo, Wednesday walk, art class with Ms. Gussy, Edward Jones Financial Class and our Third Friday bike ride! To register or for more information contact Gael Doyle at


Join us Tuesday, September 7 at 11 a.m. at the Decatur Rec Center

In Our Own Voice is one of NAMI’s many signature programs. The program allows people who have been diagnosed with a mental illness to share their story. The purpose is to open the discussion on mental illness, to educate, and to present themselves as proof that a mental health diagnosis does not mean your life stops. In sharing their stories, they hope to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental illness. The presentations are virtual due to the Pandemic and can be one hour long or shorter.

It’s also free of charge, and they will provide information about NAMI.

Mary is a former Police Officer and Paramedic, and Kay is a former Real Estate Agent. Once diagnosed with a mental illness their lives changed. They have fought to be Determined not to let their Diagnosis, Dictate one’s Destiny. Advocating with NAMI has allowed them to help others. During these uncertain times Covid-19 is not the only Pandemic. Mental Health is the new Pandemic that so many people are battling. Mary and Kay have been eliminating myths and helping to open the conversation on mental health.  

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic, Today 10am-4pm

The City of Decatur and the Giving Kitchen are partnering to offer a local Vaccine Clinic.

Decatur Recreation Center

231 Sycamore Street, Decatur GA 30030

Pfizer Vaccine – First Dose: Thursday, September 2, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Second Dose: Thursday, September 23, 2021

J&J Vaccine – One Dose: Thursday, September 2, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Register Here!

Walk-ins are also welcome

See attached flyer for full information

Fall/Winter Playbook 2021

The Playbook is back! Read it online for the latest activities, classes, and sports opportunities for children, teens, adults and seniors. Plus review important dates for after-school registration for the 2022-2023 school year.

View the playbook here.

Active Adult Newsletter – September 2021

Learn more about our programs by visiting our website by clicking here or check out the latest issue of our Fall/Winter Playbook!

Contact Gael Doyle at for questions