MASON COUNTY — Older people who maintain an active lifestyle have a longer lifespan, according to the National Institute on Aging.
The senior participants of the Gene Salem Senior Center in Point Pleasant want to ensure they continue to have plenty of activities. That is why they have planned an activity for the public as a fundraiser.
A community dance will be held at the center, located at 101 Second Street, on Friday from 7 to 10 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m., and admission is $5 per person or $8 a couple. Proceeds will go to provide senior activities.
Music will be provided by Geno Johnson and the Rhythm Makers and will include country, rock, and oldies. In addition, there will be concessions available, door prize drawings every 15 minutes (must be present to win), and a 50/50 drawing.
According to the National Institute on Aging, research has shown that seniors with an active lifestyle are less likely to develop certain diseases, are more happy and less depressed, are better prepared to cope with loss, and may be able to improve their thinking skills.
Other activities planned this month at the center in Point Pleasant include a visit from Derek Walker of the WV State Auditor’s Office on July 12, with the presentation “Fraud Against Seniors.” It will begin at 10:30 a.m. Holzer Home Care will present “General Home Services” on July 19 at 10:30 a.m., and on July 25 a presentation, “Medicare Part-A Covered Services” will begin at 11:30 a.m.
In addition, Medi-Home Health will conduct blood pressure checks on July 26, and a Veterans Administration representative will be at the center on July 20 from noon to 2 p.m. Regular activities at the Gene Salem Center are bingo on Monday and Friday, the Senior Center Country Band on Wednesday, and church services on Thursday. All begin at 10 a.m.
At the Mason Senior Center, located on Second and Horton streets, the presentation of “Medicare Part-A Covered Services” will take place on July 13. The Healthy Steps exercise group will meet on July 6, 13, 20, and 27 at 10:30 a.m. Regular activities in Mason include bingo on Tuesday and Thursday, and music on Friday, all at 10 a.m.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.