Minot Commission on Aging will showcase their Senior Center during a celebration of National Senior Center Month

At an open house event scheduled for Sept. 26, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Minot Commission on Aging will highlight the valuable programs, activities and services that they offer.

MCA will enlighten community members and seniors on how they focus on helping individuals master the art of aging. The event will include informational booths on senior services and programs, as well as an opportunity for those attending to experience the senior nutrition program or the Parker Center Coffee Shop, both in newly renovated and decorated venues. Local seniors and family members are encouraged to attend to see and experience the friendly and welcoming atmosphere.

Individuals search to understand their own needs amidst competing demands and responsibilities from their families, jobs and communities. At their senior center, they are able to find programs and resources that inspire them to make the most of their time, talents and resources. Our local center provides opportunities for seniors to become empowered, enlightened, engaged and enriched.

Physical activity programs offer opportunities that expand individuals’ horizons and present new choices and new adventures.

MCA offers “Bone Builder” classes twice a week to help individuals build strength and balance, along with a social time.

Yoga, using a chair or mat, is offered in 8 week sessions.

“Stepping On,” an evidence based program to prevent falls, is progressing well at the center! The interest was so great, that an additional series of classes is planned for later this fall. All of these programs provide a safe environment for individuals to become physically active and there is no fee required for participation.

Educational days, where several speakers provide information on their programs and services, are great ways for seniors to become more aware and informed. A newly formed book club offers members a chance to read and discuss interesting books. The Minot Public Library presents a technology class once a month to help seniors learn how to use that “smart phone,” computer or IPAD. Legal Services of ND has a professional available once a month to answer any legal questions one may have. Staff members trained through the ND Senior Health Insurance Counseling Program, assist seniors with Medicare Part D enrollment, and other Medicare questions or concerns.

Enrichment programs connect adults to fun, lifelong interests, and new passions. Outings to other communities, the zoo and local dances, along with fashion shows, birthday celebrations and special “tea” parties, all contribute to life enrichment.

The senior nutrition program, offered Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., provides a nutritious and tasty meal for a confidential voluntary donation, in a welcoming space and an opportunity to create and develop friendships that give an added value to participants’ lives. There is nothing better than good conversation and fellowship with a hot meal!

Health maintenance programs that offer foot care services by trained and qualified nurses are available at several times and in a variety of locations in our region, including the Parker Senior Center. Appointments are required for these services, which are also available with a voluntary donation.

The Minot Commission on Aging has been a longtime advocate for seniors and services in Region II of North Central North Dakota. The Parker Center, located at 21 1st Avenue SE, in downtown Minot, is the home for all of these activities and services.