By Michelle Cohen
The Lehigh Valley offers lots of opportunities for older adults to socialize, exercise, volunteer and have fun!
At the JCC, older adults can experience a variety of ongoing events designed to give people a fun reason to go out in the middle of the day. Arts and crafts sessions to design creative, hands-on projects are held monthly, and each week, board games and supplies for Mahjongg, Canasta, Checkers and other games are lent out free of charge.
Classes like Daf Yomi at Congregation Sons of Israel and groups like the Yiddish Club at the JCC offer an opportunity to delve into the depths of Jewish knowledge, while social programs like Simcha Club at Congregation Brith Sholom and Friendship Circle at the JCC offer programs designed to help older adults make new friends.
Several exercise classes are designed for older adults as well. Chair yoga provides a challenging workout while remaining accessible for people with physical limitations. A self-directed pickleball program combines tennis, badminton and table tennis for a fun workout. The JCC also offers aqua aerobics and other water-based classes designed for less strain on muscles while still burning calories. The gym features Silver Sneakers, the nation’s leading exercise program designed specifically for older adults.
Volunteer opportunities are also available for adults of all ages through Jewish Family Service. Whether you want to assist at the food pantry or drive for The GO Program, all effort is appreciated. JFS can also point the way toward other volunteer projects in the community to help older adults meet new people.