This Year's Project: New Fitness Room Equipment and Repairs
We are the Senior Center and so much more. Our mission is to enrich the quality of life and support independence and vitality for our members. Since 1972, the Siouxland Center for Active Generations has been offering programming in the areas of health, fitness, general well-being, recreation, education, and finance to all of our members. Today, we have over 1,200 members ranging in age from 24 to 102. Our members participate in over 65 programs and activities throughout the week in an environment that is courteous, safe, inclusive, and FUN for all!
Research shows that older adults who participate in senior center programs can learn to manage and delay the onset of chronic disease and experience measurable improvements in their physical, social, spiritual, emotional, mental, and economic well-being. With over 15,000 residents in this community age 65 or older, and over 1000 more turning 65 this year, we have a big job to do. But we can’t do it alone.
Active Generations is a vital part of this community. Although many senior centers across the state are financially supported by their city and county, ours is not. So we need to draw on the strengths of our community partners who understand the importance of healthy aging. We need more community partners who understand the contributions that seniors make to a healthy community, and we need dedicated community partners who will make a commitment to support the people who helped build this wonderful community. Yes, we are the Senior Center, but we are so much more. We are the place where generations AND the community come together to enrich each other’s lives.
Current Project: New Fitness Room Equipment and Repairs
According to the experts, staying active does the body and the mind a world of good. This is especially true as we age. They say that if you find exercise and other activities that you enjoy, you will stick with it and improve your quality of life. Well, many of our seniors have found the activities they enjoy in our fitness room. Our fitness room is indeed a big hit with our members. In fact, the fitness room is used by more members than any other program! Because of welcomed and encouraged heavy use, and the fact that not all the equipment is commercial grade, we need to replace several pieces and parts. Members are also challenging themselves to try new equipment and new exercise programs. We would like to support their fitness goals by providing the equipment they are asking to have available to use. They are asking for things like a rowing machine, step exercisers, an exercise bar, a weight bench designed more for seniors, and exercise mats. There are many improvements that need to be made in our fitness room that will enable us to better serve our current members and to attract and serve even more seniors. We estimate that it would cost $9,930 to replace the worn equipment and to add the new equipment. Let’s keep em movin’!