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Senior Connection Offers Lemonade on the Lawn, Exercise Services
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The Senior Connection has resumed exercise classes.
   
Monday, August 17, 2020
 

STORY BY KAREN BOSSICK

PHOTOS BY RAMONA DUKE

The sound you hear emanating from the Senior Connection is not “Bingo!”

But, after testing the waters by reopening the dining room, the Senior Connection in Hailey has resumed a few other programs that was put on hiatus by the COVID pandemic.

 
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Diners are relishing the opportunity for social interaction as much as the food that Chef Brian Ahern serves up.
 

  • It once again is offering fitness classes. The 30-minute classes are limited to five people and reservations are required. Participants must wash their hands before and after class and equipment is cleaned between classes.

    Fit and Fall Proof class is held at 11 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Casey’s Circuit is offered at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday and 1:15 p.m. Thursday.

  • Its Caregiver’s Support Group is back up and running at 11 a.m. the first Tuesday of the month with masks and handwashing required.
  • Educational presentations will be offered periodically but in the dining room rather than the theater to allow for social distancing.
  • Hearing screenings are also being offered by reservation.

Between 25 and 30 people have been showing up each day at the dining room, which has half the tables it did before. The Senior Connection was serving between 80 and 100 in its dining room before COVID.

Some seniors will not come back to the dining room until vaccines are available because they’re considered a high-risk population, said Teresa Beahen Lipman, The Connection’s executive director.

The requests for curbside pick-up and Meals on Wheels remains triple what it was before COVID. But those don’t provide the social interaction that seniors are enjoying in the dining room.

“People are missing the connection with each other--that’s the greatest thing we’re seeing,” said Lipman. “Research has shown that isolation and loneliness can be more harmful to a person’s health than obesity and smoking. So, by neglecting our need to connect, we can put our physical and mental health at risk.”

In the past, The Senior Connection has hosted caroling parties at people’s homes during summer to foster socialization and happiness. It just began offering Lemonade on the Lawn gatherings to give seniors a chance to mingle with friends outside in a small group with appropriate social distancing.

“The last one we had got eight people, and I think we will see it grow as the word gets out,” said Lipman.

DID YOU KNOW?

The Senior Connection is looking for donations of “slightly used” hearing aids from those who have upgraded to new models. The donations will be re-purposed and re-fitted for low-income seniors.

Currently, there are four seniors on a wait list for hearing aids. To learn more, call 208-788-3468.


 

 

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