National Senior Health Fair is Wednesday!

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Join us at Decatur Recreation Center to celebrate National Senior Health and Fitness Day on Wednesday, May 30 from 9 am until 1 pm. Yes, Doc Broc will be here too!

All activities are free!

Exercise Classes:
9 am:  Aerobic Dance
9 am:  50+ Walk
10:15 am:  Functional Exercise for Seniors
11:30 am:  Tai chi
12 pm:  Chair yoga

Panel Discussions:
9:30 am:  Alzheimers and Dementia: What You Need to Know
10:45 am:  Protecting Yourself from Fraud and Exploitation
12 pm:  Little Things You Can Do Every Day to Stay Active and Eat Healthier

On the front Lawn  (will be moved inside in the event of rain)
9:30 am:  Aromatherapy Minitutorial
11 am:  DrunRise Drumming Circle
12 pm:  Aromoatherapy Minitutorial

Movie on the Lawn 11:30 am:  Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead

Exercise Demos, Vendors, Memory Testing, and more!

Steel City Pops from 11 am – 1 pm- the first 100 people will get one free!

Come on over and “Engage at Every Age”

Annual Senior Holiday Party Highlights

Thanks to everyone who came out for the annual Senior Holiday Party. We had a lot of fun enjoying music, food and camaraderie. We even had our very own Santa!

Thanks to JenCare and Eon Health for being our partners and providing food and activities for our seniors. We loved having firefighters, police, city staff and our newest Commissioner, Kelly Walsh, attend the festivities.

The photos tell the story! Enjoy a lot more photos on our Active Living Facebook Page.

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Silver Spokes May 17; FREE cycling refresher May 14

EVO trike 7speed imageSilver Spokes is a *pilot* senior tricycling program using adult tricycles that help maintain good balance and support those with mobility challenges. Several cities are starting these programs with their active adult and senior populations. We also invite patrons with their own bikes or trikes to come and ride with us each week. We’ll begin on May 17 and bike together on Tuesdays at 10am.
So, now’s your chance! If you’re an active adult or senior and want to try a new thing (okay sort of new, you probably all did this way back in the day), riding a tricycle, then join us! And if you are a little rusty and just want to get back on your own bike and ride with friends on a path, join us. Both groups are encouraged.
Senior bike class4NOTE: We require that each person prepare for Silver Spokes by attending a FREE bike-to-basics refresher course May 14 @1PM here at the Rec Center. Sign up here to let us know how many Georgia Bikes safety booklets to provide and our instructor will be the 2016 national women’s bike education award winner Nedra Deadwyler of Georgia Bikes!
p.s. even if you arent planning to join Silver Spokes but just want to take a bicycling refresher course, join us, this special session on 5/14 is FREE, compliments of Georgia Bikes bike safety outreach program.
 
After the refresher course, and starting on May 17, our Silver Spokes class will meet Tuesdays at 10am. The tricycles will stay here at our gym, so please reserve 1 of 3 tricycles with Tracie (678-553-6559) to ride on our adjacent PATH during class. We bike with you and revisit the rules of cycling and go out for short path rides to practice our skills and get back in the flow of biking. Join any week and we’ll keep it simple and basic until next Fall at which point we might try something new once we see how the pilot goes.
Helmets are provided. $5 fee is due each week you come to ride. Limited enrollment of 3 tricycles, and a limit of 6 friends with their own bikes can attend for free and ride along with us, in fact we encourage you to bring a friend.
Thanks to our partners at Georgia Bikes! and Decatur Bikes!

Dates to remember:

May 14 – bike to basics refresher course and review of rules booklet in our gym 1pm
May 17 – silver spokes class 10am
May 18 – test ride a tricycle at the senior picnic at Glenlake Park 11am
May 20 – test ride a tricycle at ‘bike to work day’ out front under the flagpole 7-9am

Musical Theatre Camp for Adults Starts Wednesday!

stage troupe 1There are a few spaces left for the  Musical Theatre Camp for Adults that starts on Wednesday, February 3 at 10 a.m. This is a nine-week session where you will learn dances, songs and scenes from your favorite musical theatre shows such as West Side Story, Kiss Me Kate, Oklahoma and more. Each session includes workshops on theatre games, improvisation and acting for the camera.

Discover the performer in you and shine like a Broadway Star! Only $10 per class. Register via WebTrac or come on over to the Recreation Center a little early and register at the front desk.

What:  Musical Theatre  Class
When:  Wednesdays at 10 a.m.
Where: Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore Street, Decatur 30030

Age Gracefully with Exercise!

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CNN visited the Decatur Recreation Center this winter to film our Active Adult Classes. Check out the videos below to see what our  wonderful exercise classes are doing and the benefits  participants receive. Thanks to Bobbie Elzey for her dedication to keeping everyone moving!

http://www.cnn.com/videos/living/2016/01/05/exercise-from-the-comfort-of-your-own-seat.cnn

http://www.cnn.com/videos/living/2016/01/06/youre-never-too-old-to-dance-.cnn

 

 

For more information on classes at Decatur Active Living, check out the latest version of the Playbook.

 

Bike Classes for Adults and Seniors! Register Today

Bicycling for Seniors Class_Page_1Two NEW Adult/Senior Bike Classes in November

Ready to get back on the bike? Senior cycling is on the rise and has a new look. Join us Tuesday Nov 10 @10am for a confident cycling class (in a classroom and on a path without cars) with a certified bike league instructor. Sign up here and note if you need a loaner bike. http://www.civilbikes.com/bike-education.html

Have you been wanting to get on your bike but not sure you are ready for city cycling? Well, there are two chances to learn the rules of the road, safety and more in November at Decatur Recreation Center! We have teamed up with Nedra Deadwyler from Civil Bikes to offer two classes during November.

Bike Class for Seniors – Tuesday, November 10, 10 am – 12:30 pm
First thing to know, we’ll be biking on a PATH! A bicycling basics class is designed to get higher mobility Seniors back in the saddle and able to ride safely on bike trails, bike paths and roadways. The class will cover topics such as GA law, safe riding practices, and how to use trails and roads; teaching skills on how to get to and from your destination safely.  Bring your own bikes and water.  If you need a bike, there is an extra $10 fee.  For more information and to  register click here. Be sure to select the payment button under “Senior Bicycling Education Class” or “Senior Bicycling Education Class and Bike Rental”

Bicycling for Seniors Class_Page_2Adult City Cycling – Saturday, November 21, 1 – 3:30 pm
This is the perfect class to give Active Adults a way to increase physical activity levels in the outdoors.  The class will cover topics such as GA law, safe riding practices, and how to use trails and roads; teaching skills on how to get to and from your destination safely so you learn how to incorporate bicycling in everyday travel.  Bring your own bike and water. To register, click here. Be sure to select the payment button under “Active Adult Bicycling Education Class”   Classes will be held at the Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore Street.

Senior Couple On Cycle Ride In Countryside

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Senior Couple On Cycle Ride In Winter Countryside

 

Play Badminton at Decatur Recreation Center

Come Out and Play Badminton!

badmintonDecatur Recreation Center now offers badminton on Wednesday evenings from 7-9 pm  through the Fall. Ages 10 and up are welcome- all levels as well. Three courts are available and it is FREE to Decatur residents. Non-resident fee is $5.

For more information contact Sue Wieloch   (770) 377-3404.

 

 

FREE Computer Class: Internet for Seniors

DeKalb County Library and Decatur Active Living have joined together to offer Internet for Seniors on February 7, March 7 or May 2 from 2 – 3:30pm at the Decatur Recreation Center.

Seniors are invited to register for a free computer class conducted by the Dekalb County Public Library.

  • Learn what the internet is and how to navigate it.
  • Look for websites using web address and directories.
  • Perform simple seraches and discuss internet safety.

To register call 678-553-6559 or sign up online at http://www.decaturga.com/webtrac. Look under Active Adult Classes. Classes are held at the Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore Street, 30030.

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12th Annual KeenAgers Picnic May 16th

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Help bring in the summer with Decatur KeenAgers and other city residents by enjoying a day of fun, laughter, food, games, exercise, entertainment and music. The 12th annual KeenAgers Picnic will be held on Thursday, May 16th at McKoy Park from 10:30 am until 2 pm. All active adults are welcome to attend.

Must be a City of Decatur resident or a KeenAgers member.

This event is free, however we ask that everyone bring either a
side dish or a dessert to share. Hotdogs will be provided.

Please carpool if possible as parking is limited.

McKoy Park is located at 534 McKoy Street in the Oakhurst section of Decatur.

For more information, please contact Cheryl Burnette cheryl.burnette@decaturga.com or 678-553-6541.