Keep Busy at the Swain County Senior Center

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Local photographer, Larry Klug, recently taught a photography class at the Swain County Senior Center. (Left to Right) First Row: Laverne Crawford, Mary Hintz, Charlie King, Gail Barker, Dee Decker and Larry Klug. Second Row: Jeanette Frady, Essie Wiggins. Standing: Pete Gibson, Wanda Cole, Galena Alison. Seated on Couch: Willie Mae Gunter.

Local photographer, Larry Klug, recently taught a photography class at the Swain County
Senior Center. (Left to Right) First Row: Laverne Crawford, Mary Hintz, Charlie King, Gail
Barker, Dee Decker and Larry Klug. Second Row: Jeanette Frady, Essie Wiggins. Standing:
Pete Gibson, Wanda Cole, Galena Alison. Seated on Couch: Willie Mae Gunter.

Senior citizens are among the fastest growing group of our population. People often think that once someone reaches retirement they become sedentary. In contrast, many elders are involved in community events, volunteer programs and social activities.

Older people have a reason to live and are a pleasure to be with. They are seldom bored and are constantly learning and trying new things.

Just how do senior citizens stay involved? Walking, dancing or joining an exercise class are activities that keep seniors active and physically fit. Potluck meals are popular because they are easy and inexpensive. Often, seniors enroll in classes at the local community college to learn something they’ve always wanted to do, such as pottery or photography.

Older people often serve on committees, volunteer for a favorite cause or become more active in their church. Retirees have time to spend on their favorite hobbies, traveling or reading.

Are you wondering what is available for retirees in our area? The Swain County Senior Center has been busy this year offering a variety of educational programs, fun activities and field trips.ingredients

The Swain County Senior offered the Wellness for Seniors series, Cook Smart, Eat Smart classes, the Have a Healthy Heart program, and the Arthritis Foundation Exercise classes. During the Senior Brain Games, participants worked on solving problems, improving memory and exercising their brains.

This year, the Swain County Senior Center hosted a health fair, provided space for a local pharmacy to offer flu shots, and held a workshop with representatives from the Senior Health Insurance Information Program.

Senior citizens attended senior appreciation events sponsored by Harrah’s Cherokee Casio and the Cherokee Indian Fair. As part of the Across Generations program, seniors visited the Swain County Heritage Museum, Cataloochee Valley and the Zach Beasly home site and participated in a basic photography class.

There are several fun ongoing activities such as playing bingo, making crafts and line dancing classes. Also, everyone had a chance to share their favorite dish at an Old Fashioned Hoe Down that included entertainment.

And don’t forget, if you are looking for a chance to give back to your community, the Home Delivered Meals program often needs people to deliver meals.

If these activities sound like something that peaks your interest, what are you waiting for? The Swain County Senior Center will keep you busy!

Upcoming Classes:

Halloween Party
Thursday, Oct. 30
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Costume Contest and Dancing

Cook This! Culinary Convenience
Thursday, Nov. 13
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Swain County Senior Center

Circle of Parents
Tuesdays, 3:30 p.m.
Swain County Family Resource Center
Call Ann Rickman at (828) 488-7505 for more information.

Moving in the Mountains Classes

Clogging
Tuesdays
Youth Beginners at 5 p.m.
Advanced Clogging at 5:30 p.m.

Line Dancing
Thursdays
6:30 p.m.
Swain County Cooperative Extension

For more information on any of these classes, contact Dee Decker at the Swain County Cooperative Extension at (828) 488-3848.