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Riverton Senior Center Helps to Enrich Lives

Nov 06, 2015 11:53AM ● Published by Bryan Scott

By Sherry Cowdell

 South Valley - Many people wonder what senior centers are all about. Some think they are a place where seniors live. And some seniors have the notion that they are a place where only “old people” go.  These are both misconceptions.  Senior centers are the choice for those looking to enrich their lives by participating in fun, health-centered, educational classes and events, with an added benefit of meeting new friends and socialization. Volunteers are an important part of each center and help to keep things running smoothly. 

The Riverton Senior Center is located at 12914 South Redwood Road and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The center offers coffee and toast each morning for breakfast and a choice of two different meals, which are available at lunch. Lunch is served from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for a suggested donation of $3 for age 60 and over and $7 for those under the age of 60. 

There are several activities to participate in, including the following: enhanced fitness exercise class, Zumba Gold, low impact exercise class, ‘Strengthen You’ class, chair chi, chair massage, yoga, easy line dancing, crochet, crafts with Cyndi, movies on Monday, English as a second language, beginning computer class, ceramics, Wii bowling, pottery, bingo, Texas Hold’em, bridge, dominos, billiards, poker, Rumicube, canasta  and much more. 

The center also schedules special events throughout the month that include free health screenings such as vision, memory, blood pressure and glucose checks.  There are also monthly appointments available for a podiatrist that comes to the center to clip toenails, and an attorney who provides free legal consultations and a barber who provides haircuts for men and women. Please sign up in advance.

Our members enjoy bus trips to Wendover and other special outings throughout the year.  Fri. Oct. 23, there is a trip scheduled to the Conservation Gardens to see the changing fall colors. Upcoming events at the center include a special Veterans Day program on Nov. 10 at 11 a.m. and will include a bag pipe ceremony with the release of balloons in honor of the brave men and women who served our country. 

Riverton Senior Center’s annual Thanksgiving Day luncheon will be held Nov. 20 with entertainment beginning at 11 a.m., starring Anke & Friends. Please call to make a reservation.  The Riverton Senior Center has a state-of-the-art exercise room where members can come to use exercise equipment, including Nu Step recumbent cross trainers and a Paramount body pulley station. There is also a billiards room and a pottery room with two kilns where members can make, fire and paint their own projects. 

Participants need only be age 60 to join. There is no charge for membership or for participating in the classes. To become a member, stop by the front desk and fill out an application form. We have friendly volunteers that are helpful and happy to assist you through the process.

Whatever you may be looking for, chances are good you will find it here at the Riverton Senior Center.

You may access the center newsletter by going online to slco.org/aging-adult-services/senior-centers and scroll down to Riverton Senior Center and clicking on the newsletter icon. You may also drop by the center to pick one up. For more information call 385-468-3040.      

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