At MySeniorCenter, we sometimes refer to Fall as Conference Season. It's when a lot of states, provinces and regions hold their annual conferences for Senior Center leaders to
learn about trends in the industry and network with each other. If you haven't been able to attend one of these events in your area, we strongly recommend that you give it a try next time
around. They're phenomenal events filled with great people on a common mission. Fall isn't the only time that these events happen, as some associations have their conferences in the Spring.
The reason for mentioning this is to introduce this month's topic. While attending conferences this Fall, we learned about some new and innovative programs that are worth broadcasting to
the MySeniorCenter Network. We've listed them below and included links to websites and contact information, where appropriate.
Let's have a look.
Welcome to...Fun Facts - the
Cool Programs edition
Nordic Pole Walking
Nordic Pole Walking is the smarter way to walk! More effective than regular walking, Nordic Pole Walking has clinically proven benefits, is great for older adults and it's fun!
Bringing a Nordixx Community Walking Program to your site is easy. Check out this article from Scituate, MA, a Nordixx site. Contact Dianne at email@example.com for more information.
Are you wondering how to begin, strengthen or expand your intergenerational efforts? Bridges Together - an organization dedicated to training and tools on
the art and science of intergenerational engagement - is available to help you. They now offer a monthly subscription to their Bridging Groups program: a monthly themed, how-to-guide for successful intergenerational (IG)
programs. From soup to nuts - this is your go-to guide. From ice breakers to evaluation techniques, with dozens of conversation starters and activities, this guide has it all.
Ideal for senior center staff who are leading activities uniting generations. Click here to Join Today
or email Andrea for more information.
Rock Steady Boxing
This inspirational program is called Rock Steady Boxing. It enables people with Parkinson's to fight their disease by providing non-contact boxing-style fitness programs that improve their
quality of life, sense of efficacy and self-worth. Spouses of the boxers get involved by being "cornermen" and "cornerwomen". To find a class or become an affiliate, click on the logo below:
Free to ROAM
Chelsea, MI is developing an innovative transportation network called Rural Older Adults in Motion (R.O.A.M.). It's proving to be a great solution for transportation needs in rural areas.
This article provides a great overview of their program.
Many Centers have done some version of this over the years, but we're starting to see it formalized with tools to help. The basic premise is to pick a destination, decorate accordingly,
serve the local cultural food and watch a movie or listen to a lecture about that area. One Center that we spoke with worked with their local university to utilize virtual reality equipment to get an even
more realistic experience. What an incredible idea! Another Center issues "passports" that are stamped for each destination. It's a fantastic way to introduce
other cultures to those who can't neccesarily afford your travel program.
There will be no Fun Facts next month as we gear up for the Big List Double Edition that will be delivered on January 2nd.
So, until then...
Thank you for all that you do for your Seniors!