Mental well-being during the holidays


Amy Riggins, Town of Shawnee Recreational Facilities Supervisor.

Happy Thanksgiving, Shawnee! What a great time of year to be thankful! Even though we are going through tough times, we can still stop and find things we can be thankful for. I hope you will have the opportunity to spend some time with your family or friends, in person or over the phone.

If you want to enjoy a good meal, The Salvation Army will serve a Thanksgiving lunch to go on Thursday, November 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. We appreciate the Salvation Army and all they do for our community. If you see a pot of red and one of their ringers this holiday season, be as generous as possible.

For some, the holidays can be a troubling time. We can enjoy some aspects of the season, but others can be unpleasant. Hope you can find some balance in your life over the next few weeks as we all need reminders to focus on the positive.

Here at the Senior Recreation Center at 401 N. Bell, we promote health, wellness and active living. Our Wellness Wednesday this week’s focus is on “Mental Wellness While on Vacation”. Ms Tina Singleton of Kindful Hospice will provide great wellness tips for navigating the holiday season at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, November 24. Everyone is welcome.

The Senior Rec Center offers programs and services to people aged 55 and over. We have running groups, fitness classes, sports, crafts and games. Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and we are operated by the Town of Shawnee Recreation Department.

We are currently accepting applications for a part-time Recreation Assistant position. The ideal candidate would have a passion for people, positive customer service skills, general computer skills, and a flexible team-centric attitude. For more information on this position, please contact me directly at 405-1528 or by email at [email protected]

On Tuesday November 30 at 2:30 p.m., we will be offering a Christmas wood painting class. Thanks to the generous skills of Jim Hudson, we have cutouts of the word “Christmas,” similar to the Thanksgiving wood painting class we had last month. If you would like to participate, please register at the Senior Rec Center reception or call 405-878-1528. Space is limited for this free wood painting class, so register now!

As you may know, Project Heart is a statewide program that manages federal services in a variety of ways, including a midday meal Monday through Friday. Project Heart currently serves take-out meals only at the community center at 804 S. Park. Although you must be enrolled in their program, age is the only qualifying criteria as they serve anyone aged 60 and over. Each attendee must have a reservation the previous business day, just to know how much food to cook, and they serve their meals for a suggested donation of $ 1.50. For more information, contact Project Heart directly at 405-275-4530 Monday through Friday between their new hours of 8:00 am to 11:00 am.

The Seniors Recreation Center will be closed for Thanksgiving on Thursday and Friday, November 25 and 26. Project Heart will not be serving meals at the community center on both days. Both will reopen on Monday, November 29.

If you listen to the radio, you can hear more updates by tapping into every Wednesday morning at 8:35 am during the “Mike in the Morning Show,” found at KGFF on your radio dial at 100.9 FM or 1450 AM. We appreciate Mike, KGFF and the CPN Nation for their continued support!

Stay active and healthy, and we can’t wait to see you at the center!

Amy Riggins is the Recreation Facilities Supervisor for the Town of Shawnee, managing a variety of facilities, events and programs.

This article originally appeared on The Shawnee News-Star: Senior Happenings: mental well-being during the holidays


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