Grand Traverse County Senior Center Hosting Unique Programs After COVID Shutdown
The Grand Traverse County Senior Center are back in person to host different programs and classes.
Senior citizens at the Grand Traverse County Senior Center say the COVID-19 shutdown was a time filled with loneliness and desperation. But that’s all changing.
”We missed our people. We missed our faces,” said Debie Horn, Grand Traverse County Senior Center Manager. “It was one thing to talk to them on the telephone, but it’s nice to have them back out at all of our locations.”
Outrigger canoeing and line dancing are just two of the unique programs the center offers senior citizens.
“It was very depressing not to be able to do these activities,” said Pam O’Hara, Grand Traverse County Senior Center member. “There’s just something about being together as a group.”
Each week, the Traverse Bay Outrigger Canoe Club comes out to teach the sport.
“About five years ago, we started outrigger canoeing on the bay and we realized this is a perfect fit for a lot of different people but because outrigger’s are so stable, we thought it would be great to be able to put the seniors in the boat,” said Garth Green, member of the Traverse Bay Outrigger Canoe Club.
“We’re super passionate about this sport,” said Kate Aurand, member of the Traverse Bay Outrigger Canoe Club. “And the more that we can share, the more that we can share, the more that we can excite, and the more people we can get doing it… it just makes us so happy.”
The Senior Center also offers pickle ball and a handful of different card games.
“I think it’s so important with the social aspect,” said O’Hara. “I love all these woman here. I’m obviously the younger ones, and so they inspire me quite a bit to keep going. Obviously this stuff will keep us healthy for a long time, hopefully.”