Activities/Events

 

The OCCOA offers activities, events, and programs throughout the year for Otsego County older adults, including arts and crafts, curbside meals, Tiger ballgame trips, social activities, and programs focused on healthy aging.

Social Activities/Events

AARP Smart Driver Course – The OCCOA, in partnership with AARP, will offer this two-day course on Tuesday, September 17, and Thursday, September 19, 2024 (8 a.m. to noon both days). Why take the AARP Smart Driver Course? Because driving has changed since you first got your license! The cost is only $20 for AARP members and $25 for non-AARP members.

Arts & Crafts with Wandai s a program that is generally scheduled twice a month at the Gaylord Meal Site. The instructor is OCCOA Meal Program Coordinator Wanda Cherwinski. There is sometimes a small fee to cover the costs of materials and registration is required beforehand.

Billiards are offered, free of charge, in the Pool Hall, located in the Upper level of the Otsego County Commission on Aging, Monday through Friday, 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.. First come, first served!

Card Games (Pinochle and Euchre) – The OCCOA knows how important social interaction is for older adults in promoting healthy aging and hosts pinochle and euchre games. Players gather for pinochle on Wednesday afternoons and euchre on Friday afternoons at the OCCOA Gaylord Meal Site. Come for lunch at noon and stay for cards! All are welcome!

Curbside meals, which were introduced during the pandemic, continue to delight and attract area older adults. The next curbside luncheon is scheduled for Tuesday, May 14, 2024. All meals are delivered, curbside, with a smile by agency staff volunteers.

S’more Camp Stories is back! Monthly session will run on the fourth Tuesday of the month from May to September 2024, between 4 and 5:30 p.m. Locations vary! Check the schedule for further details.

Trips – a significant component of healthy aging includes benefits that can be obtained by participating in social activities, including travel. The Otsego County Commission on Aging sponsors Detroit Tiger trips to Comerica Park twice a year. The Thursday, June 13, 2024, trip is sold out, but another is planned for Tuesday, July 30, 2024.

 

Healthy Aging Program

The agency continues to offer a wide variety of programs and activities through its Healthy Aging Program.

Big North Boomers, a partnership program between the OCCOA and Big North Barbell, is a functional fitness program that is designed for adults 55 and older. It is scheduled Monday – Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. and on Tuesday and Thursday from 6:15 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. at Big North Barbell.

Blood Pressure Clinics – Older adults can be proactive and have their blood pressure checked on the third Wednesday of the month. Other vital signs, such as Pulse, O2 saturation, temperature, and weight, can also be checked. This service is offered free of charge.

Eye-Glasses Cleaning & Adjustment Clinics Gaylord Eye Care Center volunteers are available, quarterly to clean, adjust, and tighten older adults’ eye glasses at no charge.

Foot Care Clinics – The OCCOA offers Foot Care Clinics on the third Thursday of the month for people who need to have their toenails trimmed. Appointments last approximately 45 minutes and the cost is $25.00 per session. To schedule an appointment, call OCCOA Customer Service at (989) 732-1122.

Chair Yoga and Gentle Yoga are two yoga classes that are offered by the OCCOA, in partnership with Yoga~45. They are designed to help older adults increase their flexibility, strength, and stamina. Classes are scheduled in the OCCOA’s lower-level activity room every Wednesday afternoon. Chair Yoga is from 1:00 to 1:40 p.m. and features modifications for those wishing to do yoga poses from a seated position. Gentle Yoga, is from 1:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and features traditional yoga poses. Participants should bring a mat.

Marjorie and Yoga~45 Instructor Kendra Clark work on a yoga pose in a Gentle Yoga – Chair Yoga Class.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAIL: Life is a Balancing Act – Life truly is a balancing act for many of us, and it can be hard to maintain good habits. In SAIL:  Life is a Balancing Act classes, participants learn how to achieve and maintain balance – physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. Instructors follow the SAIL (Stay Active Independent for Life) program model. Intensity of the program is a step up from the OCCOA’s new SAIL (Stay Active & Independent for Life) Program. Classes are offered, free of charge, on Tuesday and Thursday mornings in the OCCOA’s lower-level activity room at 9:30 a.m.

Stay Active & Independent for Life is an evidence-based balance and fitness program for older adults (age 60 and older) and new to the OCCOA Healthy Aging Program lineup! This program will appeal most to people with mobility issues and/or a history and/or fear of falling. Participants will learn exercises that can be done from a seated or standing position. When done regularly, the exercises will help them gain strength and balance to help maintain and improve their quality of life and reduce their chances of falling. This program is slower-paced than the OCCOA’s more-intense SAIL: Life is a Balancing Act classes. Classes are offered, free of charge, on Tuesday and Thursday mornings in the OCCOA’s lower-level activity room at 10:45 a.m.

Walk Michigan is an adult healthy walking program designed to reduce the pain and discomfort of arthritis and improve participants’ balance and strength as they explore the parks and trails of Otsego County. The program is offered on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The Monday walks are scheduled at various locations throughout Otsego County, and the Wednesday and Friday walks are scheduled at Gaylord’s Aspen Park.

Walk Michigan meets year-round three times a week!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Young at Heart is an exercise class that includes gentle aerobics and the use of light weights. It is offered on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings at the Powerhouse Gym.

Healthy Aging Activities Calendars (Traditional Calendar Format)

Paper copies of the following Healthy Aging Activities Calendars are available at the OCCOA in the upper level outside the Customer Service office. They can also be found in the Lower Level near the Advocacy Department waiting room.

Please see the OCCOA Activities/Events Calendar on this website for the most up-to-date information!

 

Up-coming Activities