Senior Life: Exercise classes continue

Seniors have opportunities throughout the week to take part in group exercise. (Photo courtesy Pat Branson)

Exercise classes continue at Kodiak Senior Center Monday through Thursday. On Mondays, a popular exercise tape is used.

On Tuesday and Thursday, Katrina Filipowicz from Arctic Physical Therapy conducts exercise classes. All classes begin at 9:30 a.m.

On Wednesday, Deborah McCusker holds Tai Chi at 9 a.m., so come and enjoy some physical movement, the company of friends and a way to be fit at the center.

These classes are free, and we thank Katrina and Deborah for volunteering their skills to promote healthy lifestyles.

And though it is nice outside, we still have Scrabble players at 1 p.m. this afternoon. Test your word skills and have some fun.

The next ice cream social is 3 p.m. July 29. Come and make your favorite sundae or float.

The center will host another picnic at noon Aug. 3. Come enjoy a big burger or juicy hot dog with baked beans and potato salad.

Suggested meal donations rise

Suggested meal donations for people 60 and older will go from $5 to $7 on Sept. 1.

Congregate and home-delivered meal programs are funded under the Older Americans Act, and providers can only ask for a suggested donation for meals. In the past 30 years, the suggested meal donation at the center has gone from $2 to $7, with the last increase coming five years ago, and it was only $1.

The full charge for a non-senior meal will be $15, and for children younger than 12 the cost will be $7.

With a full salad bar, soup, entrée and dessert served each day, the suggested donation is still quite a bargain. What can you buy at the grocery store for $7 to prepare a meal?

We want to keep meals affordable, but also need to consider the rising cost of food and fuel for home-delivered meals. If you have questions about the new suggested donation, please contact us at 486-6181.

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