House Calls

FAL 2018

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F riendship is golden, especially as we grow older—just ask researchers at the National Institute on Aging. The department has linked social well-being to lower levels of interleukin-6, a protein associated with Alzheimer's disease, osteoporosis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Lucky for West Ashley seniors, the Waring Senior Center will soon be an excellent place for widening one's social circle. "It's been so exciting to see the center transformed from an idea to on-paper designs to a beautifully crafted building," says executive director Elizabeth Bernat. "Once the facility is full of members, it will really come to life!" With a grand opening event in the works for the fall, Bernat and her team have set about planning classes, programs, and outings that address the diverse 14 { fall 2018 } h o u s e c a l l s senior health Top of the Class A sneak peek at some of the offerings on the horizon at Waring Senior Center: Enhance Fitness: A group exercise series with training in cardio, strength, balance, and flexibility with three levels of intensity, from seated movements to a more traditional aerobics class 2 Matter of Balance: A workshop where participants face their fears of falling, get down on the floor, and then create plans for getting back up 3 Prevent T2: A yearlong prevention program that leverages weight loss and nutrition to help avoid diabetes 4 Living Well: A six-week self- management workshop teaching everyday tools for managing ongoing conditions like high blood pressure, heart disease, arthritis, and emphysema 5 Powerful Tools for Caregivers: A class focused on helping those caring for family members or friends to manage stress and keep up with their own health *Stay connected by signing up for the center's bimonthly newsletter, which outlines classes and events for members. Visit and look for the "Subscribe Now" button at the bottom of the webpage. Center Yourself The much-anticipated Waring Senior Center opens its doors later this year - B Y J A C Q U I C A L L O W A Y needs and interests of the community. The schedule will include ongoing programs such as a fitness series, health classes, and monthly book clubs, as well as individual lectures and art workshops. The 16,000-square-foot building on the Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital campus boasts a café, exercise studio, outdoor pickleball courts, computer resource center, and multiple classrooms, while center members will also have the opportunity to assemble off-site for golf, bowling, happy hours, kayaking, and walking. The goal behind the offerings, explains Bernat, is "connecting people so that they can engage in stimulating and enjoyable activities." Don't let the stigma of a "senior" center keep you away, she warns. "At our sister center on James Island, we've had so many members comment that they never thought such a facility would be for them, but they absolutely love it!" The newly constructed Waring Senior Center welcomes members this fall. WHAT'LL YOU HAVE? Yoga, line dancing, personal training, tai chi, arthritis walks, writing groups, lunch meetups—what more would you add? "We are always open to suggestions," says executive director Elizabeth Bernat. Have an idea for a class to share with the group? Head over to, click on the "Join" tab, and look for the "Tell Us What You Want" survey. R E N D E R I N G C O U R T E S Y O F L I O L L I O A R C H I T E C T U R E & P H O T O G R A P H S ( 2 ) C O U R T E S Y O F R O P E R S T . F R A N C I S H E A L T H C A R E

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