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Senior center not changing, just adding to the day-to-day routine

Bingo and beyond! As the new director of the Osage County Senior Center, I’ve been researching ideas for the center as well as visiting with the current patrons about what they would like to do. As a person who hates to sit still I can’t fathom a life without music, laughter, song and dance, to learn and explore, to play and compete, to get outside and enjoy creation. In short: to live life to its fullest.

The senior center is more than just for seniors; it is for everyone in the county to enjoy. While we do focus on our senior citizens, all are welcome to come and enjoy our beautiful facilities and participate in the activities and educational opportunities we provide.

While our abilities, even our faculties, may diminish with age, our need to enjoy the best of what it means to be human still remains. That’s why I strongly believe the importance of activities and fellowship is so crucial to a healthy lifestyle.

I plan to add some exciting new activities, stay tuned for our calendar of events or drop in for a hot cup of coffee.

The senior center is searching for volunteers to teach sign language, dancing, crafts, exercise, and even practical things like personal finance, home maintenance and gardening.

Through my research dancing remains ever popular at senior communities. It’s a daily activity for most and it is fun, but it also keeps people fit. Not to mention, it’s an excellent social opportunity.

One afternoon one of my new friends sang me a song from the 1950s, I realized how beautiful a voice she had and the idea struck me to have a karaoke hour at the center. Singing, like dancing, is great for the soul. We may even stage our own American Idol competition!

Want to go Wii Bowling? It may sound tricky but the Wii is easy to use, fun and some say downright addictive. Enjoy all the fun of bowling without the fear of throwing out your back or dropping a 16 pound ball on your toes. Games like Wii tennis and baseball are also easy, fun, and safe competitive outlets for seniors for whom the real thing would be impractical or unsafe.

Classes and workshops

Learning is a joy and lifelong learning opportunities are a crucial ingredient to living life to the fullest. The center currently has art, ceramics and sewing. I will be adding a sign language class and maybe it is time we try to learn a foreign language or two. I have met a gentleman who writes the most beautiful poems. Perhaps we will offer a creative writing class to encourage seniors to tell their stories or they can simply make up one. Look forward to guest lectures by visiting professionals and academics, my plan is to never stop expanding our horizons. Come explore with us!

We are not changing, just adding to the day-to-day routine.

Don’t forget to call ahead for your lunch order on Sept. 23, 2015. Come and enjoy your first fall treat of cookies and hot apple cider from 10 a.m.-12 p.m., and take time to meet and greet the staff. The nutrition site will have a noon meal for the cost of $3 for seniors and $5 for everyone else. A nutritious meal of turkey roast, mashed potatoes, green beans, roll and fruit mix will be served. You must call ahead to order, so please reserve your meal in advance by calling the center at 785-528-4906. Don’t forget to wear your favorite fall color! Activities planned for the morning will be an exciting game of balloon volleyball for you to enjoy, while sipping on hot apple cider and yummy cookies. Try your skill at a rustling through the leaves to find a mysterious prize. By the end of the morning you will be hungry and will want to stay for lunch. Again, do not forget to order in advance.

Outdoor Excursions

Just because you can’t hike 10 miles anymore doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the outdoors. Even if strenuous recreation is out of the question, getting outdoors is essential spiritual nourishment for many people. People of all ages need opportunities to retreat from the hustle and bustle, breathe fresh clean air, immerse themselves in nature – smell a wild flower, walk among the trees, or look up at the sky. We will be continuing our outdoor excursions and creating more for your pleasure. For the month of September join us on Sept. 19 for a bus ride to Emporia. The bus will be leaving the center at 10:45 a.m., travelling to Long John Silver’s for a delightful lunch. Following lunch it is time for “Shop Emporia”, where you will find unique shops, antiques and boutiques. A $3 transit donation is requested prior to boarding and lunch costs will be the responsibility of each rider.

Cider Days Festival is Sept. 26; join us for a trip to Topeka to the Expo Center for an adventure at Cider Days. Admission fee is $7 at the gate or $6 in advance. Call the center to reserve your spot and a $6 ticket 785-528-4906. The bus will be leaving the center promptly at 9 a.m. for the Sept. 26 trip. A $3 transit donation is requested prior to boarding.

For more information, stop by the center at 604 Market St., Osage City, or call 785-528-4906.


  • Thursday, Sept. 17 – Arts, painting 9 a.m.
  • Friday, Sept. 18 – Bingo 10-11:30 a.m., cribbage 12:15 p.m., HTHC foot care, hearing checks 10 a.m.
  • Monday, Sept. 21 – Sewing 8 a.m., exercise 11 a.m., cribbage 12:15 p.m., play pitch &eat 5:15 p.m. cards begin a 5:45 p.m.,
  • Tuesday, Sept. 22 – Ceramics 9 a.m., Mexican Train games 1 p.m., senior commodity box pick up 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 23 – Sewing 8 a.m., fall celebration 10 a.m.-12 p.m., armchair exercise 10:30 a.m., cribbage 12:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, Sept. 24 – Art and painting 9 a.m., Gibson True Care Pharmacy diabetes information 1 p.m.

See Osage County Senior Center general transportation bus schedule here.
See Mid America Nutrition Program daily menus here.

By Stephanie Watson, director, Osage County Senior Center

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