With local senior residents becoming more active and engaged, the City of Jackson is taking its senior programming in a new direction. On Tuesday, Sept. 7, the Jackson Recreation Department is launching its new Active Aging Program. Lead by Active Aging Coordinator Julie Weisbrod, the program replaces the previous 50 and Better Program, and reignites senior recreation after the program was reduced due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Organized through the City’s Recreation Department, the Active Aging Program provides year-round opportunities to adults looking to maintain and enhance their overall health. Planned programs and activities aim to support and challenge physical, mental and social well-being. For a $5 annual fee, adults are offered exercise classes, indoor/outdoor walking, various gaming possibilities, opportunities to try something new, monthly luncheons, and affordable travel events throughout the country. Prior to the pandemic, over 2,000 local adults participated in programs every year.
Weisbrod, who previously worked at the Jackson County Health Department for more than 25 years as a Health Educator, says she’s looking forward to running this new program. “As Jackson works to become a more age-friendly community, it’s important to have a program that supports that goal,” Weisbrod said. “Today’s older adults are more active than previous generations, so our programs will reflect this change, and make sure residents of every age are engaged mentally, physically, and socially.”
More information about the Active Aging Program and upcoming events can be found by visiting cityofjackson.org/activeaging.