New Year Brings New Opportunities for Older Adults in Estes Park

The Estes Valley Recreation and Park District (EVPRD) has developed a robust schedule of programming and activities for active older adults in Estes Park as EVRPD continues to foster a culture of positive aging for the community.

As part of this initiative for 2019, senior services will now also include adult activities. The programs will continue to be developed and administered by the programming team located at the Estes Valley Community Center, now overseen by Nolan Oberg, Recreation Manager for EVRPD. Kelly Claypool and Beth Headley, Recreation Coordinators for Senior Services and Adult Activities, will support Mr. Oberg in his expanded role.

“What we do here is for everybody,” said Mrs. Claypool. “We want to make this an all-inclusive facility for people to age gracefully—no matter their interest, abilities or age. We want to encourage aging well.”

There have been many additions and expansions in the services offered for adult activities since the Estes Valley Community Center opened almost one year ago.

In November 2018, SilverSneakers was added as a membership option. This program, which is the nation’s leading, comprehensive exercise program for older adults, has been extremely popular with Estes Park residents. SilverSneakers membership at the community center has exceeded expectations by about 150 percent.

With the addition of SilverSneakers memberships, EVRPD also added SilverSneakers classes at the Estes Valley Community Center. All have seen consistent attendance so more are anticipated to be added in the summer 2019 schedule. Classes include the SilverSneakers Circuit, an upbeat workout combining low-impact choreography with strength training, and the SilverSneakers Classic I, a class for increasing muscle strength and range of movement. The circuit workout is offered on Monday and Thursday mornings and the classic class is offered on Wednesday mornings.

“We are excited to offer a wide variety of programming for people in all stages of life,” said Amy Hodge, Fitness and Enrichment Coordinator. “The lineup of classes has been designed to help our community learn how to live longer and healthier lives while having fun.”

EVRPD continues to offer free coffee on weekdays and the weekly activities of palette pals art group on Monday mornings, social hour with baked goods on Tuesdays, ping pong every Thursday and mahjong games every Friday. All are drop-in activities at the recreation center that provide great opportunities for socialization and do not require registration.

Other adult activities we have coming in February include:
•    Valentine’s Day Luncheon and Dance on February 14
•    Day trip on February 26 to see the Glenn Miller Orchestra play at the Boulder Dinner Theater
•    First Annual Estes Open Pickleball Tournament on February 16

To enroll as a SilverSneakers member, please bring an ID and qualifying health insurance card to the Estes Valley Community Center. To find out if your health insurance provider offers the program, contact your health plan provider or visit SilverSneakers.com/eligibility/healthplans.

To register for any of these programs or for additional information about senior and adult activity programs, call the recreation center at 970-586-8191.