LIMA — Healthy and active seniors. That’s what Senior Citizen Services Inc. strives for through fitness classes, weight training, board and card games and aquatic activities.
The center is able to offer some of its aquatic activities due to its partnership with United Way.
“We’re one of the partner agencies, and we do receive funding each year from the United Way,” said Betsy Winget, executive director of Senior Citizen Services. “We use the funding each year that they graciously give us for our arthritis aquatics program in our pool.”
Winget said the program had about 3,400 member visits last year alone and is offered at the center five days a week.
“We get a lot of physician referrals for arthritis sufferers in the community, both male and female,” she said. “The ages that take that class run from 55 years old to 84 years old that do have arthritis and do gain benefit from that class in our pool.”
The center offers men-only classes, boomer bootcamp classes, table tennis, Zumba, gentle yoga, step aerobics, Pilates and yoga mix, Tai Chi, lifetime fitness and senior fitness classes, pickleball, and mindful movement classes Monday through Saturday at various time slots in the day.
Along with arthritis aquatics, classes in water aerobics, swim lessons, deep water aerobics, water volleyball, aquatic core, total conditioning, body flow and open/lap swim are also available.
Membership age to join is 50 and the facility is located at 3400 W. Elm St. in Lima. They are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday.
The center also offers basic card game activities, like pinochle, bridge, euchre, hand and foot, plus board games.
“Our partnership with United Way has been wonderful,” Winget said. “I’ve been here for nine years, and we’ve been a partner to United Way for as long as I’ve been here. I’ve personally been a volunteer with United Way for many, many years.”
She said they are always happy to host United Way because they fund such a popular program at the facility.
“We’re always happy when United Way comes here,” she said. “I just believe in what they do. I can tell you, speaking personally and probably for the other nonprofits, we couldn’t do what we do without United Way’s support and funding. So I’m happy to have them here and even more happy to be a partner agency.”