Senior Center classes

The Jackson County Senior Center at the Department on Aging has been closed to the public since March 19 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In an effort to continue to provide services to older adults, the Senior Center has started online fitness classes. Plans are to continue to expand offerings in the near future. Here’s how to access these classes:

• Become a participant at the Jackson County Senior Center: Complete the paperwork (aging.jacksonnc.org) and receive a My Senior Center key card.

• Visit MyActiveCenter.com and create an account. An active email address and the number on the back of a My Senior Center key card are necessary.

• Once an account has been created, participants may register for the online classes being offered.

• After registering for a class, an email with the link to join the class via Zoom will be sent. Participants will need to download Zoom to their device.

• A good internet connection, a device with speakers and a camera, or an external web cam and speakers are required. 

The classes currently offered include:

• Stretch & Strengthen is offered Monday and Wednesday at 11 a.m. and is taught by Laura Rodi. This is a beginner strength training program that will target all major muscle groups and include both a warm-up and cool down period. Participants will need some hand weights, a chair and some space for this program.

• AFEP is the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program and is taught by Susie Jones. This program is good for anyone who is dealing with arthritis issues or is new to exercise. Every major muscle group will be exercised along with time to work on balance and breathing. This program is offered on Tuesday and Thursday at 1 p.m. Participants will need some hand weights, a chair and some space for this program.

• Gentle Chair Yoga is taught by resident yogi Deb DeSocio and is offered on Tuesdays at 3 p.m. She will guide participants through a gentle stretch with emphasis on breathing and posture. A chair and a yoga mat are needed. Blocks and blankets add to the experience but are not required.

• Yoga for Seniors is also taught by DeSocio and is offered on Wednesdays at 2:15 p.m. participants will need some space and a yoga mat. Yoga provides flexibility and stress reduction. Yoga blocks and blankets add to the experience but are not required.

Contact the Jackson County Senior Center at 586-5494 with any questions about registering for programs or connecting to a class.