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Community center offers a variety of classes, support groups


The following are upcoming events and activities offered through the Wilsonville Community Center as well as news and announcements from the center.

The Hit Parade

by: SUBMITTED - Patty Brescia

Disc jockey Jim Pritchard brought a bit of trivia, a lot of memories and some great music to the Wilsonville Community Center on Jan. 27. Pritchard tried to stump his participants by playing a quick a sample of a song and then challenging the audience of seniors and National Honor Society students to guess the artist. The combination of music and behind-the-scenes stories of musical artists from the ’40s and ’50s was an entertaining combination for participants.

Senior Fitness Test — round two

In July of 2013, both Healthy Bones and Balance classes participated in the center’s first formalized fitness testing process for older adults. Following the testing, 39 participants met with personal trainer Brad Moore and received their results and a comparison to others of the same age and gender.

On Jan. 10, the center opened training up to adults ages 55 and older in the community and conducted the Senior Fitness Test. After the second round of testing is complete with the Healthy Bones classes, staff will have data on 69 participants.

According to Moore, “The testing is a real motivator, people want to do well. Also, it lets us know where people are and identify strengths and weaknesses.”

The center will continue to offer testing twice per year and store that information so it can be used to demonstrate how classes are helping participants improve various areas of fitness.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO: WCC - One of the centers newest offerings is a Wednesday tai chi drop-in from 7 to 8 p.m. taught by longtime tai chi practitioner Wes Morris.

Tai chi drop-in

One of the center’s newest offerings is a Wednesday tai chi drop-in from 7 to 8 p.m. Taught by longtime tai chi practitioner Wes Morris, this session is welcoming and open to participants of all levels. The class does not require preregistration, but does have a $1 drop-in fee. You owe it to yourself it improve your strength, flexibility and balance and prevent future falls and injuries.

Caregiver support group

Caring for a family member who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or other chronic physical or mental disorders can be stressful, exhausting, and lonely. Caregiver support groups can offer opportunities to find out more about available community resources, learn from others who are going through similar experiences and obtain additional educational materials.  

The Wilsonville Community Center offers a caregiver support group every third Friday of the month from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in classroom four.

The group is facilitated by Christy Turner of Golden Lifecare Solutions. Turner is a certified dementia practitioner and dementia care unit manager. She has run award-winning memory care communities in both assisted living and skilled nursing levels of care. She specializes in effective non-pharmacological approaches to dementia care and is passionate about helping families create moments of joy in their caregiving journey. Turner has 11 years of experience working with elders and their families.

Feel free to drop in or call Sadie Wallenberg at 503-570-1526 for additional information.

Bereavement support group

Each individual grieves in their own way. Some find that they do not need or want help with their grief. Some seek individual counseling. Others want group support. Every loss is different in some way and can leave people feeling isolated with sadness, anger and other emotions.

With support groups, many individuals realize that they are not alone and find care and validation through others who have experienced loss.

The Wilsonville Community Center now offers a bereavement support group the first Friday of the month from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The group is facilitated by Scott Lichtenstein of Golden Lifecare Solutions. Lichtenstein is a certified natural therapeutics specialist with a background in counseling, assessment, care coordination, family dynamics and the issues brought on by addictions. Feel free to just drop in or call Sadie Wallenberg with questions at 503-570-1526.

The Wilsonville Community Center is located at 7965 SW Wilsonville Road. The center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information, call 503-682-3727 or visit ci.wilsonville.or.us.

Patty Brescia is Wilsonville Parks and Recreation senior programs manager.



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