Eager for fun or a chance to get out and meet people, some 150 seniors have signed up for the many free and low-cost activities at the Holy Cross Hospital Senior Source, a senior center in Silver Spring that opened Sept. 13. But for Vincent Griffith of Rockville, the motivation is different. For him, it's all about fine-tuning his yoga technique.
"I don't think I could teach myself [at home] what I'm getting out of the class: It's very difficult to understand the right pace" while practicing things like yoga and Pilates moves, said Griffith, 69.
The Source is open to people aged 55 and up. "We try to offer health education and intellectual programs for the spiritual needs of seniors," said Joanne Balkovich, manager of the two-story facility, located at 8580 Second Ave., near parking and two blocks from Silver Spring Metro.
Yoga instructor Jane Chente Wu Adams said she encourages seniors in her twice-weekly class to persevere, modifying exercises as needed to accommodate injuries and limitations in movement from conditions like arthritis. Some seniors stretch from a chair or hold onto the wall instead of taking a traditional seated position on the floor, said Adams.
Other activities include a physician lecture on Oct. 27 titled "Oh! My Aching Back: Spinal Stenosis and Degenerative Disc Disease" and a performance about Eleanor Roosevelt by Montgomery County Seniors' Theatre on Oct. 15.
To register or learn more, call 301-754-3404. For information on other senior centers, contact your local department on aging.
-- Samantha Ganey