It’s National Senior Center Month and the theme is Senior Centers: Experts at Living Well.
September is the perfect month to discover new ways to live your life well — and this includes eating well. Did you know that one in seven seniors does not get enough food? In addition to on-going programs, this month Urbana Senior Center will explore Hunger/Action/Awareness Month, National Preparedness Month (are you prepared for winter weather?), and Falls Prevention Awareness Week (is your home fall-proof?). You can also come explore all that the center offers, from exercise classes to social activities to educational opportunities to day trips.
Following are the September happenings at the Urbana Senior Center.
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Do Something Grand Intergenerational Pizza Dinner
Tuesday, Sept. 3, 5:30 p.m
Celebrate National Grandparents Day with us. Bring your children and/or grandchildren (or a neighbor’s child) for a pizza dinner. Sign up by noon, Sept. 3. Cost is $5 per person.
Are You Prepared?
Thursday, Sept. 5, noon
Do you have the supplies on hand to weather a long-term power outage? September is National Preparedness Month. During lunch we will learn about the county’s Plan 9 and what essential items you should have at home and in your car. Free for the program; lunch is $4.80 per person.
Mondays, starting Sept. 9, 1:30 p.m.
Improve balance! Improve strength of body! Achieve clarity and focus of mind! Gain calmness and lightness of spirit! This eight-week session is taught by Claudia Olson. Cost is $24 per person.
Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2 p.m.
Each month from September to December we’ll be making a different holiday craft. Stop in to see samples. Sign up by Monday, Sept. 9. Cost is $5 per person.
Go Orange Thursday
Sept. 12, noon
Orange is the color of hunger awareness. During lunch we will talk about hunger issues in the United States and what we might do to help fight hunger. Statistics released by the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger show that 8.3 million adults over the age of 60 aren’t getting enough to eat. Free for the program; lunch is $4.80 per person.
Breakfast for Lunch and Ask
Thursday, Sept. 19 (new day), noon
Bring your friends and enjoy a delicious breakfast for lunch. A variety of breakfast foods will be offered. Nurse Steve’s talk will be “What is Diabetes? When Should I be Concerned About my Blood Sugar Levels?” Sign up by Monday, Sept. 16. Cost is $4.80 per person. (This event was formerly called The Omelet Bar.)
Falls Prevention BINGO
Monday, Sept. 23, 1 p.m.
Every 15 seconds an older adult is treated for a fall-related injury. Every 29 minutes an older adult dies from an injury caused by a fall. Learn ways to minimize your chances of falling by joining us for Fall Prevention BINGO. Free.
Each month we publish a complete schedule of our programs. Copies of the monthly calendar are available at the Urbana Senior Center, located at 9020 Amelung Street (bottom floor of the library building), or on our website at www.frederickcountymd.gov/aging or by phone, 301.600.7020.
Editor’s Note: Susan Hofstra is coordinator of the Urbana Senior Center, Frederick County Department of the Aging.