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Senior Lifestyles

Taking the time out to have fun and socialize with friends is important to area seniors. Becoming a member of the Buffalo Grove Park District Seniors, a program designed for residents aged 55 and up, supplies residents with the opportunity to join fellow seniors in learning a new craft, staying current on trends regarding senior citizens today and simply enjoying the company of others.

The park district seniors use up to five classrooms, totaling approximately 2,100 square feet of programming space, within the Alcott Center—located at 530 Bernard Drive. Senior adult programs have been a mainstay in the park district’s offerings since the late 1980s and continues to be a great source when it comes to enhancing the quality of life for all seniors—and ultimately the entire community.

According to Terri Ebner, the Buffalo Grove Park District’s senior coordinator, attending the many programs and events made available through the park district gives seniors a reason to get up and go out each day. “Seniors have a great variety of programs,” she says. “The goal is to make sure there is something for everyone.”

There is no doubt that goal has been met, as seniors have plenty of social opportunities to choose among. Weekly activities for members include Bridge, Texas Hold ‘em Poker, Mah Jongg (regular and drop in), Scrabble, Bunco, Bingo, Pinochle and Left-Right-Center. Plus, a librarian from the Indian Trails Library visits every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. with book check-out opportunities, and the Crafty Ladies group meets Friday mornings to create handmade knitted and crocheted items for donation.

The list of activities doesn’t end there. Seniors are invited to participate in everything from Chair Yoga, music programs and discussion groups to blood pressure screenings, driver safety classes and lectures and workshops featuring senior resource specialists, well-known authors and a variety of other speakers. A number of planned senior trips rounds out the options. Reasonably priced excursions include visits to regional casinos, museums, plays and musicals, exhibitions and more.

Thousands of seniors have, and continue to, take advantage of the park district’s senior programming. Membership has its perks. For a small annual fee ($18 for residents and $26 for non-residents), members will receive discounted rates for many programs, along with invitations to attend free lectures, luncheons, parties and more. Of further note, residents aged 62 and better are entitled to a 20 percent discount on many of the park district’s recreation opportunities.

For those in need of transportation to the Alcott Center, Wheeling Township provides weekday bus service for residents by reservation, while Vernon Township provides transportation on Wednesdays to the center. In addition, the Village of Buffalo Grove has negotiated a discounted taxi fare for seniors in town. For more information on the Buffalo Grove Park District Seniors and the area’s senior transportation options, call (847) 850-2117 or visit www.bgparkdistrict.org.

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