Judy Doran, director of the Reynoldsburg Senior Center, said going to work every day is not really work.
"My husband says I'm going out to play with my friends," she said.
Doran, 52, took over the director's position Jan. 1 after seven years as assistant director. She succeeded longtime director Jenny Walsh, who stepped down after 24 years to work part time.
"I've worked with seniors now for a very long time," Doran said. "Everyone has different problems and aches and pains and life's history, but people are people and I really like working with people."
The center, called SCOR, which stands for Senior Citizens of Reynoldsburg, is open six days a week at 1520 Davidson Drive.
Walsh still works with seniors at the center about 20 hours a week.
"Jenny has taught me well," Doran said. "She set up this place when it was first being built and established a wonderful groundwork that I can continue and build on."
She said the center has about 1,800 members.
Members must be at least 55 years old to join; dues are $15 per year for Reynoldsburg residents, $20 per year for all others.
Doran teaches exercise classes; other instructors teach classes that range from yoga and line dancing to arts and crafts, such as quilting, beading, stained glass and woodcarving.
Some of the classes include fees for materials; activities such as yoga and tai chi have fees ranging from $30 to $50.
Other activities include bowling at Holiday Lanes, card games such as pinochle and poker, pool, table tennis, golf and Wii bowling.
Groups also do the "coffee shop hop" one day each week to different coffee shops around Columbus or have lunch and go to first-run movies, Doran said.
Special tours and trips also are available, with a group visiting St. Thomas by cruise ship in January 2014.
Doran said she came on board as director at the senior center at about the same time new Parks and Recreation Department Director Joe Brown, who supervises the center for the city, instituted some changes.
"The hours have changed and the locks have changed, but we are doing some updating and things that were broken are finally getting fixed," she said.
The center also offers blood pressure checks, health monitoring, hearing tests, massages and consultations with a podiatrist.
Doran has a degree in exercise science and a medical background. Before working full time at the Reynoldsburg Senior Center, she worked for Mount Carmel outreach, teaching cardiac rehabilitation.
She said the senior center is an "asset to the community."
"We are a diamond in the rough and a shining light," she said. "We have this wonderful community of people and I have to attribute that to Jenny. She set this whole thing up and got it rolling.
"It is not just a Reynoldsburg Senior Center," she said. "Everyone is welcome."