Mastering Aging

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BA Senior Center members Gene McElroy, Diane Zonko and Larry Heard hope to win this storm shelter in the raffle on May 25th.

 When someone says “senior center”, images of bingo may be the first thing to come to mind, but the Broken Arrow Senior Center is so much more. With a busy schedule full of more than 50 different activities to choose from, you’ll always be able to find something to do. Invite your friends to become a member with you, but also plan to meet new friends and enjoy fun, engaging activities together!
“From Yoga to Line Dancing and Creative Writing to health seminars, the Broken Arrow Senior Center is a gem in the growing landscape of our community’s downtown,” notes June Ross, President/CEO.  “Our members find friendship, meaning and purpose and our growing membership is indicative of the life-changing benefits the Center offers.  The bottom line?  We help people master aging!”
Staying informed is an important component of mastering aging. The 28th Annual Senior Resource & Health fair will be held on April 27th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Central Park Community Center, 1500 South Main in Broken Arrow. The 2018 Senior Fair is presented by Prairie House Assisted Living and Memory Care.
Peggy, like hundreds of other people 55 and up, attends the Senior Resource and Health Fair each and every April. “This is the one event where I learn the most about products and services that are available just for me,” Peggy says.  Peggy, an active “70 something” lady, is committed to healthy aging.  “The Annual Senior Fair is the one event that helps me stay informed - it’s the best event for seniors in the area - plus it’s free and it’s fun!,” she adds with a smile.   
More than 100 informational and screening booths will be onsite to benefit senior citizens and their families. Platinum Sponsors include Cedarhurst Senior Living, City of Broken Arrow, Floral Haven Funeral Home & Cemetary, Harmon Insurance, Hillcrest South, Humana, LIFE Senior Services, Rotary Club of Broken Arrow and Values Magazine.
In addition to offering valuable information, there will be free health screenings available. Broken Arrow Police Department (BAPD) and American Document Shredding will sponsor a shredding event.  In addition, BAPD will offer a collection site for unused prescription drugs. Those who attend will also enjoy hourly demonstrations by the BA Senior Center’s Line dancing, Zumba and Tai Chi groups in addition to the local singing duo, Haley & Camilla.
“I’m planning on coming to take advantage of the free screenings,” says Peggy.  “This event really offers it all.”  In addition to seeing Peggy visit the various booths at the Senior Fair, you may just find her in the line dancing demonstration provided by members of the Senior Center!
Another exciting event happening this month is the much anticipated Storm Shelter Raffle. Allegiant Precast Concrete has generously donated a shelter, and it is on display outside the Center until it is given away. It comes with free installation within 50 miles of Broken Arrow. Raffle tickets are available now by phone, online or by visiting the BA Senior Center office. You will receive one raffle ticket per $10 donation and only 500 tickets are being sold! The more you donate, the more chances you will have to win! The drawing will be held on Friday, May 25th and you do not need to be present to win. Proceeds will benefit the BA Senior Center’s ongoing mission to provide needed services and activities to local seniors.
The Broken Arrow Senior Activity Center is open for membership by anyone 55 and older looking for a place that supports healthy aging.  More than 50 activities including computer classes, yoga, Tai Chi, Zumba, line dancing, pool tables and tournaments, ukulele, card, Bible study, arts and crafts are offered throughout the week.  The Center is a partner agency with the Tulsa Area United Way. It is located at 1800 S. Main St. in Broken Arrow. They are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with extended hours on Mondays (8 a.m. to 9 p.m.) for the Monday Night Dance, held every week. The Community Bunco Bash will be held on Friday, May 4.
Call today to learn more about how you can get involved at the Broken Arrow Senior Center.

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