Mount Si Senior Center offers Free Fitness, ‘Powerful Tools for Caregivers’ Classes

This January, the Mt. Si Senior Center is offering free fitness classes and a helpful class for those fulfilling the role of caregivers.

Free Fitness Classes thru March: Get your new year off to a healthy start with one of the many exercise classes or fitness groups meeting every day at Mt. Si Senior Center in North Bend. Starting in January, the Center is offering four of its popular workout sessions free to all participants, age 50 and older. 

For the first quarter of 2019, January through March, Mt. Si Senior Center is offering Seniorcize, Huff & Puff, S.A.I.L. and River City Ramblers, at no cost. Build strength and flexibility with the seated aerobics, balancing and stretching exercises in Seniorcize, or use weights, mats and exercise bands to work out in Huff & Puff. Learn to Stay Active & Independent for Life in the S.A.I.L. sessions, or take a walk with friends before lunch in River City Ramblers, a walking group that travels to local parks by bus from the senior center. 

Seniorcize starts at 11 a.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Huff & Puff is 9 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. S.A.I.L. classes are 9 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and River City Ramblers meet at 11 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. 

All drop-in fees are waived for these classes, through March. 

For the complete schedule of fitness classes and information about other Mt. Si Senior Center programs, visit www.mtsiseniorcenter.org

Powerful Tools for Caregivers: Most of us will take on the role of care-giver at some point in life, whether we’re ready for it or not. Learn to care for yourself while caring for others in Powerful Tools for Caregivers, starting Wednesday, Jan. 9th at Mt. Si Senior Center, 411 Main Ave. S., North Bend. 

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a six-week series of classes designed to help parents, spouses, friends and other family members in caregiver roles to handle the unique challenges of the job. The evidence-based program is led by a certified instructor, and has been found to improve participants’ self-care behaviors, confidence in their abilities to care for someone, and use of existing local services. 

Each of the 90-minute sessions will focus on a different topic, including: Taking care of yourself; stress management; expressing needs and concerns; communicating in difficult situations, including verbal aikido and the four step DESC process; learning from emotions; and mastering caregiving decisions. Each class builds on the previous week’s work. 

Class size is limited and generally ranges from 8 to 15 participants. The group will meet every Wednesday, 2 to 3:30PM, Jan. 9th through Feb. 13th, in the Mt. Si Senior Center classroom. 

The class is offered free; a $25 suggested donation helps to defray the course costs. The accompanying course book must be purchased, as well. 

You will benefit from this six-week class. Whether you are helping a parent, spouse, friend, someone who lives at home, in a nursing home, or across the country. 

To register, call Britt Isbell at 425-888-3434 (ext. 4), or send email to  advocate@mtsiseniorcenter.org.

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