The Frederick Senior Center is teeming with people 55 and over, and for good reasons. The facility is packed with resources, activities, educational workshops and more. Plus, it’s simple to get involved, all you have to do is walk-in. “Just walk through the door and I’m sure you’ll come back,” said Linda McGinnes, Senior Center Coordinator. “All you have to do is come in and register, there is no cost to join or membership fees.”
Don’t expect to find huge class registration costs when you get through the door either, many of the activities and resources are free. If not, they are offered at a minimal fee, some as low as one dollar. “Our goal is to tend to the community, added McGinnes. “We are continually adding programs to reach out to people and help meet their needs.”
Here’s a snapshot of what you can expect when visiting the Taney Avenue location:
Exercise Classes: Strength Training with hand-held weights and Moderate Motion designed for seniors with limited mobility. Both classes are offered year-round and do not require pre-registration. Chair Yoga, Tai Chi, Zumba Gold and Line Dancing are available in sessions.
Leisure Activities: Socialize over games like Mah Jong, Bridge, Canasta and Rummikub. Or join hobby groups for knitting, quilting, painting and crafts.
Educational Courses: Want to master another language? Attend classes for Chinese and/or Spanish. Or learn about the nutritional benefits of certain foods? Classes are scheduled in January about whole grains and debunking common food rumors. Need help with a new camera, phone or computer? Get one-one-one guidance on how to operate your personal gadget.
“There’s A Doctor in the House” Health Forums: Attend forums each month held by medical practitioners to review and discuss an assortment of health-related topics. Developed to help seniors gather questions to ask their personal physicians. In January, discuss breast cancer with a physician from Capital Women’s Care and in February Dr. Anita Nahar discusses kidney care. A light dinner is served.
Day Trips: Visit museums, the symphony orchestra, state parks and more. January trips include the Baltimore Museum of Industry and the Smithsonian.
Congregate Meal Program: Offered daily, enjoy a nutritious meal in the company of others. Adults age 60+ may make a contribution up to the full cost of the meal. Individuals under 60 may purchase a meal for $5. In addition to nutritious meals, participants have access to nutrition and health education, health screenings, and other educational and social opportunities.
Friendship Café: An extension of the meal program, the café offers a menu of light fare, including cold sandwiches, burgers, salads and desserts. The café is open mid-day on Wednesday, Thursdays and Fridays.
Large Print Library & Computer Center: Go online or read in a quiet setting. The center is also equipped with Wi-Fi throughout the building.
The Frederick Senior Center is the largest senior center in Frederick County but other centers are located in Urbana, Brunswick and Emmitsburg. To learn more, visit www.frederickcountymd.gov or call Linda McGinnes at 301-600-3525.
Frederick Senior Center
1440 Taney Avenue
Frederick, MD 21702
Urbana Senior Center
9020 Amelung Street
Frederick, MD 21704
Brunswick Senior Center
12 E.A Street
Brunswick, MD 21716
Emmitsburg Senior Center
300 South Seton Avenue
Emmitsburg, MD 21727