UNCG Gerontology Program

School of Health and Human Sciences

In celebration of September being National Senior Center Month, Greensboro’s Smith Senior Center is hosting an open house from 10 am to 1 pm Thursday, September 18. The theme of this year’s Senior Center Month is “Celebrate LIFE at Your Senior Center” and focuses on how senior centers provide opportunities for learning, independence, friendship, and energy.Visitors will be able to tour the center, try the equipment in the fitness room with the assistance of a personal trainer, participate in demonstrations, and talk with exhibitors specializing in holistic wellness products and services. There will be free blood glucose and blood pressure screenings, complimentary chair massages, goody bags, and door prizes. Refreshments will be provided by Pennybyrn at Maryfield. The event is free and open to anyone 55 and better.

“From the youngest baby boomers turning 50 to nonagenarians, older adults today are looking for empowerment, and senior centers are evolving to support their needs,” said Maureen O’Leary, program manager for the National Council on Aging. “Senior centers are the first place to turn to for valuable programs, activities, and access to benefits and services.”

Scheduled Workshops & Demos

Risk of Falls/Fitness Analysis … 10-11 am
Laughter Yoga … 10-10:20 am
Chair Yoga … 10:30-10:50 am
Music Therapy … 11-11:20 am
Meditation … 11:30-11:50 am
Hearing Resources … 12 noon to 12:20 pm
doTerra Essential Oils … 12:30-12:50 pm

“Older adults are a dynamic generation looking for the opportunity to share their diverse skills and talents,” said Jennie Matkins, Greensboro Parks and Recreation senior services coordinator. “We want Smith Senior Center to be both a place for them to learn, exercise and socialize with their peers, and a place to access tools and resources to help them manage their health and finances to stay independent.”

Smith Senior Center provides a fitness room, indoor pool, gymnasium, activity rooms, lounge, outdoor pickleball court, tennis courts, bocce courts, and horseshoe pits. The center also offers innovative programs and classes such as low-impact aerobics, cardio sculpt, better balance, beginner Zumba!, chair yoga, boot camp, core and more, yoga on the mat, and water aerobics.

Smith Senior Center is located at 2401 Fairview St. For more information, call 336-373-7564, or visit online or Facebook.