MASON CITY, Iowa – “Use it, or lose it” is a popular saying being used to highlight the importance of staying mentally active.
The Salvation Army Adult Health Center is celebrating 25 years of providing health services to the elderly.
Seniors like Dorothy Moore have been a part of this program for years because of their desire to stay mentally active and for Moore, this is paying off.
“We go to the gym sometimes and walk around there,” Moore said. “Sometimes we go outside if it’s nice.”
The Adult Health Center provides activities for seniors to do throughout the day including, but not limited to, bowling, gardening and bean bag toss tournaments.
Director and nurse at the health center, Carol Klocke, says that this program is an impressive way to keep seniors independent and in their homes for a longer period of time, but sometimes the transition can be tough.
“It’s like starting school or a new job, and it’s really scary,” Klocke said. “For the caregiver too, a lot of times they feel like they’ve just dropped or given up on their role but they can see that it benefits both the caregiver and the person that attends.”
Klocke said that anyone who is interested in the program is welcomed to join and thanks to their donors and sponsors of the organizations, Klocke said that no one will be turned away because they can’t afford to pay for it.