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.
Arts & Crafts with Wanda is 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!
Curbside meals, which were introduced during the pandemic, continue to delight and attract area older adults. The next curbside luncheon is scheduled for Tuesday, November 14, 2023. All meals are delivered, curbside, with a smile by agency staff volunteers.
Tiger Ball Game Trips to Comerica Park are offered twice a year. The agency has one completed its two trips for 2023 and looks forward to hosting trips in 2024.
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 during two different time frames on Tuesday and Thursday 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 be checked. This service is offered free of charge.
Eye Glass 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 are back by popular demand and are scheduled on Thursdays, beginning August 31, 2023. Appointments are required and the cost is $25 per session.
Gentle Yoga – Chair Yoga is a partnership program between the OCCOA and Yog~45 and is designed to help older adults increase their flexibility, strength, and stamina. It is scheduled at the OCCOA’s lower-level activity room every Wednesday afternoon. Modifications for those wishing to do yoga poses from a chair are available.
In Life is a Balancing Act, participants learn how to achieve and maintain balance – physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. Classes are offered, free of charge, on Tuesday and Thursday mornings in the OCCOA’s lower-level activity room.
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.
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 Calendar on this website for the most up-to-date information!