Several research studies acknowledge that keeping physically and mentally active is a factor in maintaining overall health as one grows older. Swinging Sixties Center on 211 Ainslie has a variety of offerings that give mind and body a workout.
Tuesday is a particularly busy day with painting and ceramics classes in the morning taught by Joel Adas and Sarah Hoppe, respectively.
Adas has been teaching painting at the center since 2000, and the class size has continuously grown. He sets his students up with supplies and during the class advise them individually, he also makes suggestions that will challenge them so they continue to grow their skills.
In her ceramics and mosaics class Hoppe also sets up her students and explains the uses of any new supplies or techniques. She is very supportive and encouraging. She has taught at the center for nearly four years, and became involved as her son went to Small World preschool, which is upstairs from the senior center. Hoppe mentioned that before taking the class some had confessed they weren’t creative and not an artist. “Then you put something in front of them and they make choices. We make artistic choices every day. It’s empowering to make creative choices; it brings confidence. Many say it’s calming and meditative to them,” says Hoppe.
After lunch on Tuesdays there is a Zumba class. It is one of three physical wellness activities the center offers. There is a Tai Chi Class on Thursday afternoons and Dancing Danny instructs cultural dance right before lunch on Fridays.
Dancing Danny started teaching at the center at 2015 and his class has become a highlight at the center. He is trained in Israeli and International dancing and balled, and he was recently certified as a chair yoga instructor. He will be teaching chair yoga at the center soon.