ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – According to the National Council on Aging, senior citizens who participate in their local senior center have higher levels of health, social interaction, and life satisfaction. Local residents can participate in daily and weekly activities at five different senior centers strategically spread out across the county.
- Raymond G. Sanchez Senior Center located inside Raymond G. Sanches Community Center located at 9800 Fourth Street NW, Albuquerque 87114
- Paradise Hills Senior Center located inside Paradise Hill Community Center located at 5901 Paradise Boulevard NW, Albuquerque 87114
- Rio Bravo Senior Center located at 3910 Isleta Boulevard SW, Albuquerque 87105
- South Valley Multi-Purpose Senior Center located at 2008 Larrazolo Road SW, Albuquerque 87105
- Whispering Pines Senior Center located at #6 Lark Road, Tijeras 87059 (20 miles south on South 14, right on canary, left on Lark
Each location aims to serve as a gateway to the county’s aging population by connecting them with vital community services that can help them stay healthy and independent. Sites are open to seniors ages 50 and older and are generally open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch reservations are required by noon the day prior to meal attendance. Those 60 and older are eligible to receive free meals and those under get reduced pricing.
Recurring Senior Center Activities:
- Walk with Ease: Walk with Ease aims to help participants manage arthritis pain while making new friends and getting back into the habit of healthy walking. This involved activity group will meet three days a week for 1 hour starting Monday, Feb. 17th. The Walk With Ease Program will take place from 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. at the Raymond G. Sanchez Community Center and at the Rio Bravo Senior Center from 2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Call (505) 246-1638 or email: email@example.com for more information.
- Chair Yoga: Chair yoga allows seniors of all activity levels to get the benefits of yoga, like lower blood pressure, strength and balance building, and more. This class takes place every Monday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Alameda Senior Meal Site located at 9800 4th Street Northwest. Call Jessica Benavidez at (505) 897-8896 for more information.
- Tai Chi: Dubbed the longevity exercise, Tai Chi is an ancient martial art that combines breathing with focused movements to improve balance, increase strength and endurance, and improves the quality of sleep. This class takes place every Friday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Alameda Senior Meal Site located at 9800 4th Street Northwest. Call (505) 897-8896 or (505) 288-0801 for more information.
- Ukulele Class: For seniors, music lessons help to exercise perception, thinking and motor skills, while building community bonds. This class takes place on Mondays at both the Rio Bravo Senior Center located at 3910 Isleta Blvd. Southwest from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and at the Alameda Senior Meal Site located at 9800 4th Street Northwest from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. For more information call (505) 288-0801 or (505) 873-6647.
- Book Club: Book Clubs are a great way to share personal opinions and reactions to the books read, and to engage in an insightful conversation with peers in a relaxed setting. Book Club meets every second and fourth Thursday of each month from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at both the Whispering Pines Senior Center located at #6 Lark Road in Tijeras and the Paradise Hills Senior Center located at 5901 Paradise Boulevard Northwest.
Live Music Fridays take place on a rotating schedule at four Bernalillo County senior centers from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. during lunch. Click here for location details.
Other upcoming programs include a field trip on February 21 to Belen’s Harvey House Museum and a Paint Night art program at Whispering Pines Senior Center in Tijeras on Friday, February 28. Call (505) 468-1639 or (505) 281-8003 for more information and to make reservations.
For more information on programs, free meals, and activities available at senior centers, visit Bernalillo County’s website.