The National Council on Aging estimates that nearly 1 million older adults visit a senior center every day, which comes as no surprise to anyone who has enjoyed the wide variety of programs offered at the centers in Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls. Currently, they offer opportunities to:
- Develop skills such as painting, woodcarving, and writing
- Enjoy card games, billiards, and other recreational activities
- Receive screenings and instruction about health and personal care
Due to each center’s focus on promoting wellness, older adults who regularly visit them have more success managing chronic conditions and may enjoy a greater sense of well-being.
3D Community Health: Body.Mind.Spirit, a service of HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals, hosts regular health presentations at L.E. Phillips Senior Center in Eau Claire. During the first session of 2018—scheduled for February 7, at 1 p.m.—physical therapist Shannon Birkholz, DPT, will discuss ways to increase your activity in the winter while also preventing the risk of falls. “These programs are free and include refreshments and educational literature seniors can take home,” says Kelly Lauscher, Health Educator for 3D Community Health. “Presentations take place every four months, and this year our focus is on body, mind (May), and spirit (October).”
Specific activities and membership requirements vary between hospitals. For more information about the Partners of HSHS St. Joseph’s, visit stjoeschipfalls.org/volunteer/partners. For information about the Volunteer Partners of HSHS Sacred Heart, visit sacredhearteauclaire.org/volunteer/partners.