Whether it’s Line Dancing, Bingo, or just enjoying a cup of coffee with friends, the St. Joseph County Commission on Aging offers a diverse and engaging spectrum of activities for seniors. To see specific dates, times and locations, please visit our newsletter.
Education sessions at the COA address all aspects of life: physical, mental, spiritual and emotional. Topics range from fall prevention to cooking for one or two to protecting yourself from credit card scams. The COA staff attempts to offer classes that engage you intellectually or emotionally, assist you as you navigate through life, or help you learn ways to keep yourself safe.
We also offer a wide variety of enrichment programs such as musical entertainment, movies, arts and crafts classes, Bingo, Bridge and other card games. Both our centers have pool tables, lending libraries and beautiful outdoor space.
Seniors can come to either one of our centers to participate in classes that are fun and aimed at keeping their bodies moving at the pace that best fits them. The COA offers classes on Improving Balance, Line Dancing, Chair Yoga, Zumba, Cardio Drumming and more. Click HERE for a complete list of our exercise classes and when and where they are offered. Our Arthritis Exercise classes, which are taught by certified instructors meet the standards for an Evidence Based Disease Prevention Program (EBDP). We also have introduced Bingocize, a fun EBDP that combines Bingo and exercise. When you sign up for an evidence-based program, you have the security of knowing that the class has been tested thoroughly and has proven that it works.
In addition, both of our centers have fitness rooms that feature a variety of equipment such as treadmills and recumbent bikes.
Both of our centers collaborate with health care professionals in our community to offer screenings each month to help our seniors manage their health. We have blood pressure checks, hearing and vision screenings, a foot care clinic and much more. Once a year in early fall we offer flu shots. It is recommended that everyone get vaccinated but it is especially important for anyone over the age of 50.
You never know what might be happening at our centers on any given day. Perhaps everyone is enjoying a refreshing slice of watermelon to celebrate National Watermelon Day. Maybe we are having lunch in the park with COA staff grilling mouthwatering hot dogs and hamburgers. Each month, our Enrichment Centers will host a special event that includes holidays, seasonal parties, and more. Other special events include our Dinner Out program, where our seniors eat out at a local restaurant or have food catered in to our centers and enjoy fabulous entertainment.
The COA offers trips that appeal to all interest levels. We have gone to historical museums, tourist attractions, to see live entertainment and more. We try to offer at least one trip per month that we sponsor and coordinate. In addition, we partner with an outside agency that offers longer trips that are typically to destinations outside of Michigan.