Connections. During this pandemic time of COVID-19 seniors are being warned to be careful of our contacts and to stay at home if possible, especially if we have underlying health conditions.
Yet, contacts are exactly what many of us miss.
This is especially true of the Senior Citizens of Reynoldsburg who have valued our contacts through the Reynoldsburg Senior Center.
The activities had provided opportunities to connect through meetings, educational classes, exercise sessions, game playing, arts and crafts, luncheons and trips.
At first, we were hopeful our self-isolation might be short-lived. When it became apparent our center would be closed for quite awhile, a number of our exercise leaders began to offer their sessions through Zoom.
Many of us have enjoyed Total Fitness, Zumba Gold, yoga and Silver Sneakers Cardio and Strength online. Participants have been numbering between 20 and 35 members per class. Besides the fitness aspect, many of us truly value seeing each other and having a short time to greet each other.
Judy Doran, the senior center manager, and the staff have been cleaning, disinfecting, tightening chair screws, cleaning the kitchen stove and refrigerator and so much more.
Judy has reached out to members. We get a Monday robocall to update us on preparations and to give information. Judy makes birthday calls and also contacts some who may need the connections. There has even been a jigsaw puzzle drive-through! And Facebook continues to keep us connected.
Reynoldsburg city workers have waxed the floor and have made it shine like glass. I was able to see it on Zoom. Mayor Joe Begeny had called us early on to let us know the city had us in mind and to wish us safety.
More information, links to exercise classes and updates on possible drive-through events can be found on the City of Reynoldsburg, SCOR site under Parks and Recreation. You also may call 614-866-5890. Whenever we can return, the staff will be ready. Until then they help to keep us connected.
Vicki Albrecht spent 32 years as a teacher before retiring. She has been a member of SCOR since 2014. SCOR provides this column to ThisWeek Reynoldsburg News.