Visit the senior center to maintain mental well being

By Stephanie Watson

Why is mental well being important?

First, we all want to feel good about ourselves and the world around us, and be able to get the most from our lives. There is also evidence that good mental well being is important for our physical health, and that it can help us achieve the goals we set for ourselves. Evidence suggests there are five steps we can all take to improve our mental well being. If you approach them with an open mind and try them out, you can judge the results yourself.

Connect: connect with the people around you: your family, friends, colleagues and neighbors. Spend time developing these relationships.

Be active: You don’t have to go to the gym. Take a walk or go cycling. Find the activity you enjoy and make it a part of your life.

Keep learning: Learning new skills can give a sense of achievement and a new confidence. So why not sign up for that cooking course, start learning to play a musical instrument (or take crocheting lessons every Thursday 10-11 a.m. at the Osage County Senior Center, everybody welcome).

Give to others: Even the smallest act can count, whether it’s a smile, a thank you or a kind word. Larger acts, such as volunteering at your local senior center, can improve your mental well being and help you build new social networks.

Take notice: Be more aware of the present moment, including feelings and thoughts, your body and the world around you. Some people call this awareness mindfulness, and it can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges.

Join us for activities at the Osage County Senior Center, 604 Market St., Osage City, or call 785-528-4906 for more information.


  • Thursday, Jan. 21 – Art and painting 9 a.m.
  • Friday, Jan. 22 – Balloon volleyball 9 a.m., bingo 10-11:30 a.m., yoga 11 a.m., cribbage 12:15 p.m.
  • Monday, Jan. 25 – Sewing 8 a.m., armchair exercise 11 a.m., cribbage 12:15p.m., play pitch and eat 5:15 p.m., cards begin at 5:45 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 26 – Ceramics 9 a.m., Mexican Train games 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 27 – Sewing 8 a.m., armchair exercise 10:30 a.m., cribbage 12:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, Jan. 28 – Art and painting 9 a.m.
  • Friday, Jan. 29 – Balloon volleyball 9 a.m., bingo 10-11:30 a.m., yoga 11 a.m., cribbage 12:15 p.m.

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

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