June was a busy month here at the Put-in-Bay Senior Center! We had an awesome day trip to see the fabulous Cirque du Soleil’s “OVO” and enjoyed lunch together before the show. We also had an informative “End of Life” program called “5 Wishes” put on by Neidecker’s Funeral Home. Our twice-a-week Put-in-Bay senior lunches, as well as our regularly scheduled events, kept everyone very busy at Put-in-Bay Ohio.

The number of people participating in our weekly activities continues to grow which is so exciting. Many of our Put-in-Bay seniors are even bringing their island summer company with them as guests to our exercise classes and other special events. The Put-in-Bay Senior Center is always looking for more people to participate in our activities, please feel free to stop by and join us anytime.

Staying Fit

We are all aware that exercise and staying active improves our overall functioning, both physically and mentally. It helps us stay mentally sharp and increases our enjoyment of life. It not only helps us live longer, healthier lives, but it also goes a long way in keeping us more independence as we age, allowing us to continue to participate in many of the activities that we enjoy. It improves our mood and is good for our body. Exercise has been found to be an effective treatment for many health concerns such as depression, diabetes, arthritis, and high blood pressure. It can prevent or delay the onset of other health conditions as well. And on the opposite end of the spectrum, those who are inactive are twice as likely to suffer from heart disease. They also have a higher risk of hospitalization and are dependent upon more medications than those who remain active throughout their lives. Many of our Put-in-Bay Seniors have discovered the benefits of exercise and support the Aerobic Dance/Walking, Strength Training, Aqua Motion and Yoga programs our Senior Center has to offer. We encourage and welcome all Put-in-Bay island seniors to keep moving and stay healthy.

Put-in-Bay Sr. Center Board Elections

The Put-in-Bay Ohio Senior Center Advisory Board Officer Elections were held in June. All officers have been re-elected for another term: Dave Gundlach as President, Val Chornyak as Vice President, Linda Frederick as Treasurer and Dianne Smith as Secretary. We also want to thank Bob and Dianne Smith, who are actively involved and informed members of our Senior Center, for their continued roll as our Ottawa County Advisory Board Members. A big shout out to all for your dedication and hard work in making the Put-in-Bay Senior Center such a success!

July Events

In July, we have several special events planned: 1)Tuesday, July 11th, a Trip to Mainland for Lunch and Shopping, we only have room for 10-12 people on this excursion so please sign up early. 2) Tuesday, July 18th we’ll be taking a trip to Toledo to tour the National Museum of the Great Lakes and enjoy lunch at Tony Packo’s. Starting Wednesday, July 19th, (and running for six consecutive weeks) from 1 to 3 p.m., our own Celeste Mycoskie will again teach a class on Watercolor & Acrylic

Painting! (The cost/class is $8 and you don’t have to attend every class). Keep an eye on the calendar for upcoming events. Also, please remember to check the bulletin board at the Put-in-Bay Senior Center, as well as, the calendars posted at the Put-in-Bay General Store, Post Office, Twp. Office, Library and our for any last-minute events that are not planned far enough in advance to get them on the calendar in time for this publication!

Senior Lunches

Our Senior Lunches are always delicious and fun! The summer schedule keeps Tipper’s very busy with lunch being served every Monday and Thursday at noon. Please make your reservation by signing up at the Put in Bay Senior Center or calling the center at (419) 285-5501. Cut off times for reservations remain as follows: 12 p.m. Friday for Monday’s lunch and 12 p.m. Wednesday for Thursday’s lunch.

Health Services

The Put in Bay EMS continues to take Blood Pressures every Monday at 10 a.m. This is a wonderful service they provide so feel free to get yours checked. The “60+ Clinic” is scheduled for Thursday, July 27th. This free health clinic is put on by the Ottawa County Health Dept. for those 60 and older. If you’d like to take advantage of this wonderful program, please call 419-734-6800 to make your appointment.