Lou Walker Senior Center kicks off National Senior Center Month
In honor of National Senior Center Month, DeKalb County’s Lou Walker Senior Center is hosting a month of special activities for DeKalb seniors to enjoy. This year’s theme is “Senior Centers: Experts at Living Well.”
“Each September, the nation celebrates Senior Center Month to highlight the valuable programs, activities, and services senior centers have to offer. It is an opportunity to educate citizens the about aging and showcase importance of senior centers in the community, and attract new participants,” said Darryl Blackwell, director of the Lou Walker Senior Center. “This month serves as an exclusive opportunity for us to showcase the center and promote a positive image of aging.”
DeKalb County and the center kicked off the month of festivities with Interim CEO Lee May stopping by for a one-on-one conversation with seniors on ways the county can improve services and its image.
“I know your confidence in DeKalb County government may be at an all-time low right now and with all the reports that are out, I can’t blame you,” said May. “I know we have a lot of work to do. Just the other day, I waited hours and got connected to about three different machines before I could actually get to someone to pay a bill. Just as I continue to go around the county hosting the community conversations, I’m going around to all our departments to figure out how to get a solution for better service.”
May said his main focuses are increasing police presence, creating more jobs and attracting more businesses to DeKalb.
Charlene Daise, 62, says its easy to complain about everything that is wrong with the county but she would rather volunteer to help the county get better.
“I believe that being an active senior means being active in the community as well. Just sitting by on the sideline complaining is the easy way out,” said Davis who has been a member of the Lou Walker center for about six years. “We may have communication problems, commissioner issues and property issues in the county. However, we have to sign up and volunteer our knowledge, time and talents. That’s the only way you actually get things done.”
The 40,000-square-foot Lou Walker Senior Center, which opened in 2005, will host a wide range of activities during the month. Here is a list of some of the events:
Sept. 12 – 24
Lou Walker Senior Center Photography Exhibit at Porter Sanford III Performing Arts & Community Center, 3181 Rainbow Drive, Decatur. For more information, call 404-687-2731.
LWSC Photography Exhibit Reception, 4 – 7pm, Porter Sanford III Performing Arts & Community Center
Showdown with Motown! Powered by the sounds of 2unes, come dressed in 60s, 70s or 80s attire for a dance that will be held from noon – 4 p.m., LWSC Victory Room.
National Fall Prevention Day with LWSC Fitness Director Tyrone Bailey, noon – 12:45 p.m., at the Lou Walker Senior Center.
AARP technology workshop, open to seniors ages 50 and older. Learn how to use tablets and smartphones, 10 a.m. – noon, or 2 – 4 p.m. Seating is limited; call 1-877-926-8300 or visit http://aarp.cvent.com/aarptekgeorgia to register.
Members of the center will also host a farmers’ market every Wednesday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Offered by Metro Atlanta Urban Farmers in the LWSC lobby.
The Lou Walker Senior Center is located at 2538 Panola Road, Lithonia. For more information, call 770-322-2900 or visit www.louwalkercenter.com.
Gwinnett to host movies, computer classes, concerts and more
Gwinnett County will offer several activities for its active senior residents to celebrate National Senior Center Month in September.
The county is kicking off its activities with free computer courses for seniors who are beginners as well as those who already have some knowledge of using a computer. The classes will be taught by experienced seniors at Bethesda Park Senior Center, 225 Bethesda Church Road, Lawrenceville, and the George Pierce Park Community Center, 55 Buford Highway, N.E., Suwanee. The registration deadline is Tuesday, Sept. 9, at Bethesda and Wednesday, Sept. 10, at George Pierce during regular center hours.
Seniors can enjoy a matinee movie on Monday, Sept. 15, 2 to 4 p.m. The Bethesda Park Senior Center will show the movie, “Parental Guidance,” a 2012 comedy starring Billy Crystal and Bette Midler. “Artie” and “Diane” agree to look after their three grandkids when their “type-A helicopter parents” need to leave town for work. Problems arise when the kids’ 21st-century behavior collides with Artie and Diane’s “old-school” methods.
The movie is $2 per person. Popcorn and a small drink are included. Call 678-277-0179 to reserve a seat.
Tim Morris, who coordinates services for Gwinnett senior centers, say the movie and computer classes are among several activities that seniors can expect this month.
“We invite Gwinnett seniors to stop by and enjoy classes like arts and crafts, exercise, line dancing, bridge, tap dancing, clogging and computer training,” Morris said.
Bethesda Senior Center Park will host “Patio Pickers” on Monday, Sept. 29, 6 – 7 p.m. Gwinnett seniors are invited to pack a picnic supper, bring a lawn chair and enjoy a concert featuring local artists and performers on the center’s patio. You must pre-register by Friday, Sept. 26. 678-277-0179.
Seniors can check out the latest edition of the online publication, Gwinnett L.I.F.E., at www.gwinnettcounty.com or stop by any of the county senior centers for details on classes and programs marking National Senior Center month. 770-822-8000.