EVRPD May Senior Services Programs
Estes Valley Recreation and Park District (EVRPD), provider of numerous recreational and community activities in the Estes Valley, is pleased to offer a variety of weekly social opportunities for seniors at the new Estes Valley Community Center.
Senior services operates Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the lower level of the Estes Valley Community Center, 660 Community Drive. The coffee bar, lounge, game room, and many social opportunities are free to seniors. Apart from the following scheduled activities, seniors are invited to drop in anytime for coffee and socialization.
Ongoing Social Opportunities
Tuesday Social Hour: Drop in on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and enjoy chatting with friends over fresh baked goods and coffee.
Mahjong Games: Drop in on Mondays and Fridays between 12:30 and 4 p.m. to play this popular four-player, tile-based game.
Community Bridge: Free drop-in lessons are offered on Thursdays at 11:15 a.m. and games are played on Thursdays between 12:30 and 4 p.m. To play, call facilitator Lloyd Parker at 970-581-3505.
Rocky Rollers Wii Bowling: Drop in on Mondays at 10 a.m. to bowl electronically with the Wii video game.
Palette Pals Open Art Studio: Bring your own materials and projects; get inspired by others! Drop in on Mondays between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m.
Great Courses Series: Achieving Optimum Well-Being at Any Age
The 18-week course will be held on Fridays beginning March 2 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Estes Valley Community Center, 660 Community Drive. The course is free and open to the public. Participants may attend any or all sessions; no registration is required. A complete list of each week’s course topics is available online at evrpd.com. Go to the “Seniors” tab, click on “Programs, Classes, and Travel,” and then scroll down to click on “Lifelong Learning.”
Video lectures will be taught by Anthony A. Goodman, an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at Montana State University and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He spent 20 years as a general surgeon in South Florida and worked aboard the hospital ship for Project HOPE and with the U.S. Army Medical Corps.
According to Professor Goodman, “60 to 65 percent of longevity is within your control. My overall objective in this course is to help you see your options and make educated health-related decisions for a lifetime of good health and well-being. This course will present an accessible, science-based program to help preserve your health and enhance your quality of life at any age. The lectures explain how and why the body and mind age and how you can build the pillars of a health-maintenance program: good nutrition, beneficial exercise, stress-relieving relaxing and restorative activities, and more and varied healthful lifestyle choices.”
This DVD lecture series is produced by The Great Courses, a twenty-seven-year-old educational company dedicated to producing engaging audio and video lectures by professors from leading universities.
Health and Wellness
Free Caregivers' Program from the Alzheimer's Association
EVRPD is pleased to collaborate with the Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado to offer a special free program.
Designed for anyone caring for a person with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, this program will teach caregivers effective communication skills. Participants will learn to decode verbal and behavioral communication and leave with strategies to meaningfully connect with people in early, middle and late stage dementia. The program will be presented by Katie Fahrenbruch, M.Ed., Regional Director of the Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado.
The program will take place on Friday, June 1 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Estes Valley Community Center. To register, visit evrpd.com/recguide, call 970-586-8191, or stop by the community center.
"Being Mortal" Book Discussion
In collaboration with Hospice of the Estes Valley, EVRPD is excited to offer a three-week book discussion series.
Renowned author and physician, Atul Gawande, published the book Being Mortal in 2014. This book explores the choices that modern medicine presents as we age and die. Nancy Bell, social worker, and Brenda Fox, chaplain for Hospice of the Estes Valley, will facilitate the discussion. Come ready to discuss the topics presented after reading the book, which is available at your local library or bookstore.
The group will meet on Wednesdays, May 16, 23 and 30, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Estes Valley Community Center classroom. There is no cost to attend, but advance registration is required. Registration can be done online at evrpd.com/recguide, over the phone at 970-586-8191, or by visiting the community center at 660 Community Drive.
Blood Pressure Clinic
EVRPD is pleased to offer monthly blood pressure clinics sponsored by the Estes Park Medical Center (EPMC).
Clinics are offered on the third Monday of each month. The clinics this spring will be held on March 19, April 16 and May 21 at 12:30 p.m. No sign-up is needed; just drop by the Estes Valley Community Center and get checked by a registered nurse from EPMC’s Home Health Care/Hospice team.
EVRPD is pleased to collaborate with UCHealth Aspen Club to offer free Medicare counseling. All counseling sessions are conducted by trained State Health Insurance Program Counselors from the UCHealth Aspen Club.
Counseling sessions will be held at the new Estes Valley Community Center. The individual 45-minute appointments are offered between 9:15 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month, January through October. Registration is now open for the March 28, April 25, and May 23 dates.
These sessions are useful for those new to Medicare, those with questions or problems with coverage, or anyone needing good information on Medicare services and plans.
For more information about Aspen Club, please visit their website at www.uchealth.org/aspenclub or call (970) 495-8560 in Fort Collins or (970) 624-1860 in Loveland.
Full-body Senior Fitness Classes
EVRPD is excited to offer full-body senior fitness classes at two levels. Both classes are offered at the Estes Valley Community Center, 660 Community Drive.
“Get Fit” meets weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 to 11:20 a.m. This level 1 class is designed to gently help seniors stay mobile and moving, whether standing or seated in a chair. It is ideal for individuals with limited mobility or those who have mobility but want to improve strength, range of motion, and balance. A wide variety of exercise equipment will be available and utilized including stretch bands, therapy balls, and light hand weights.
“Stay Fit” meets weekly on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. This level 2 class is designed for active seniors who want to increase muscular strength, range of movement, and balance. Hand-held weights, elastic tubing with handles, or balls are offered for resistance. Both standing and seated movements and exercises will be used in this no-impact class. The exercise room will be set to meet the needs of folks who are able to move freely without balance support as well as those needing a bit of balance support (in the form of a chair).
Both classes are included with daily admission or community center annual membership.
Self-Care Massage Series
EVRPD is pleased to offer a self-care massage class series at the new Estes Valley Community Center.
Classes will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 21. The cost for the class is $10. The registration deadline is one week prior to the class, and a minimum of six participants is required. Participants are welcome to attend any or all classes; no prior experience is necessary. Registration can be done online at evrpd.com/recguide, over the phone at 970-586-8191, or by visiting the community center at 660 Community Drive.
Xiang, the instructor for the series, is a certified Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and meditation instructor and healer. She has been teaching individuals and groups since 2001 and continues to advance her studies in the Daoist self-healing arts. According to Xiang, “Being proactive, achieving quality longevity, joy, and prosperity are aspects of life that Daoism teaches and strives to achieve.”
Xiang describes the class series: “For thousands of years, self-massage has been used as a means to stay healthy and beautiful. Self-care massage is easy and relaxing; massage away muscular tension from your face and body to promote increased blood circulation and healing from the inside out. Benefits may include increased joint flexibility, relief from arthritis, bursitis, back problems, insomnia, improved immune system, emotional uplift, and so much more.”
Monthly Group Meditation Program
EVRPD is pleased to offer free group meditation on the first Thursday of each month.
Meetings will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Estes Valley Community Center, 660 Community Drive. The next meeting will take place on Thursday, March 1. No advanced registration is required; just drop in. The group is open to all those interested, and no prior meditation experience is necessary. Each class will include an exploration of issues and challenges that may arise in developing one’s own practice, a guided meditation, as well as silent meditation.
The group will be led by local meditation and dream teacher Mary Jo Heyen. For more information on Mary Jo’s background and training, please visit her website, Dreams: The Sacred Experiment, at www.maryjoheyen.com.
Special Documentary Film Screening: "Go in Peace!"
Estes Valley Recreation and Park District (EVRPD), provider of numerous recreational and community activities in the Estes Valley, is pleased to offer a special screening of the award-winning documentary film Go in Peace! The Caregiver’s Role in Healing the Soul Wounds of Veterans. The viewing will be held on Tuesday, May 29 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Estes Valley Community Center.
According to the film’s director, Karen van Vuuren, veterans are an invisible population for many of us, and the soul wounds of those who have experienced war are equally invisible. In honor of National Military Appreciation month and Memorial Day, we invite you to view this documentary about the role caregivers play in healing the soul wounds of veterans with PTSD. The film provides a framework for understanding the challenges of working with veterans at the end of life. For more information about the movie, visit www.goinpeacefilm.org.
Summer is coming and we are excited to offer day trips to Denver to enjoy Colorado Rockies baseball at Coors Field. It’s an amazing deal that includes round-trip transportation, parking, and a reserved seat game ticket for only $40.
The first trip of the 2018 season is Thursday, June 21 to see the Rockies play the New York Mets. The trip will depart the Estes Valley Community Center, 660 Community Drive, at 10:30 a.m. and return approximately 6:30 p.m. To register, visit evrpd.com/recguide, call 970-586-8191, or stop by the Community Center at 660 Community Drive. The registration deadline is Thursday, June 7.
You can also mark your calendar for these upcoming games:
• Rockies vs. Arizona Diamondbacks: Thursday, July 12
• Rockies vs. Pittsburgh Pirates: Wednesday, August 8
• Rockies vs. Washington Nationals: Sunday, September 30
Weekly Pilot Lunch Program
EVRPD is excited to continue the weekly lunch program into May with a warm and friendly atmosphere for the community to enjoy lunch each Thursday. The May menu is now available at evrpd.com.
Lunches will be served at the new Estes Valley Community Center, 660 Community Drive, in the lower level community room. This pilot program, available through a generous grant from SupplyWorks, will be offered each Thursday from March 8 through May 31 at 12 noon. The fresh and healthy lunches are catered by Jubliations Catering and include a hot main dish, salad, drink, and dessert. The meals provide nourishment for the body, and the socialization provides nourishment for the soul!
The cost is $5 per person for seniors 55 and older or $7 per person for those under 55. Reservations are required no later than 2 p.m. the Monday before, and can be made by calling 970-586-8191. The monthly menu is available online at evrpd.com.
For more information about the new community center, to purchase a membership or inquire about senior services, visit evrpd.com or call 970-586-8191.