If you’re looking for something fun to do, then the Sherman Senior Activity Center is the place for you.
By Deena Lowry Murray
Originally from Nottingham, England, 92-year-old Julia has been coming to the Sherman Senior Center for almost 30 years to exercise and make new friends. “The Sherman Senior Center is a wonderful place. I’ve met a lot of people there who have become good friends. I love living in Sherman and going to the Center every week,” says Julia. Even though her sight is impaired, she makes her way around the Center with ease. She still likes to dance and attend special events.
A part of the City of Sherman Parks & Rec Department, the Sherman Senior Activity Center was established in 1983. The Center offers a broad variety of programs, services, and activities for active adults age 50+. It hosts scores of events and activities that focus on the four pillars of successful aging: physical fitness, brain fitness, social enrichment, and dining/nutrition. Whether recently retired or long since retired, if you are looking for something fun to do, then the Sherman Senior Activity Center is the place for you.
|4 Pillars of Successful Aging |
A typical week at the Sherman Senior Activity Center includes exercise classes: yoga, line dancing, and chair volleyball. In 2019, SherDen organized a chair volleyball tournament and the Sherman Seniors took home the 2nd place trophy. Members had been practicing on Fridays for months, so it was a big accomplishment. Now the team is actively recruiting new members to play along.
Recently many members participated in the “Walk Across Texas” program with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension in Grayson County, recording steps that became miles, walking toward a healthier future. The Center has fully equipped exercise rooms with treadmills and stationary bikes that helped participants rack up the miles.
Picture a fun recreation center—only for adults! The game room has a pool table. Tons of games are played daily from bingo to dominoes to card games and board games. With these games comes friendships. A newly remodeled craft room is on the agenda this year. It hosts craft class, mixed media painting, and art journal classes. The media room is a peaceful refuge with books stacked floor to ceiling and computers to use. It is a great room for the Literati Book Club to meet every month. The Center has a large Community room where the AARP offers free tax help sessions on Fridays from February to April each year. In addition to the daily activities, participants attend an array of informative programs on all aspects of community services of interest to senior citizens. The best part of all, it’s free to become a member of the Center.
Since socializing is key, if not the most important part of healthy aging, there are plenty of special events and parties to attend. The Center offers more than social support. Our welcoming club offers help and advice to new residents of the Texoma area. Members of the welcoming club are friends who invite new members to sit with them at lunch, play a new game, or attend a special event as their guest. It helps new members feel included, laugh more, and feel less lonely. “The Sherman Senior Center is vital to my social and mental health, without it I would be sitting at home alone. I come here every day and volunteer with Meals on Wheels, play games, and meet with friends,” says Cecilia, who has been a member of the Center for a year and half.
Many other clubs meet at the Sherman Activity Center, including the Quilting Guild of Sherman and the Sherman Woodcarvers Guild. The Woodcarvers meet on Tuesday nights and Fridays. Recently the Woodcarvers Guild President, Owen, started offering free woodcarving lessons on the first Tuesday night of the month. It has been a huge success in getting new members interested in woodcarving.
Speaking of socializing, what’s better than sharing a meal? Seniors often deal with feelings of social isolation, especially if they eat alone. Volunteers deliver meals but the congregate meal is served at 11:15 a.m. It is free for persons at least 60 years of age; however, donations are requested to help defray the cost of meal preparation. Texoma Meals on Wheels cooks and serves the meals in a dining room that comfortably seats 80 people.
There is a transportation service available to senior citizens through Texoma Area Paratransit System (TAPS). They can be contacted at 903-813-3505.
The recently remodeled Sherman Senior Activity Center is located at:
1500 N. Broughton, in Sherman, TX. The hours are 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday and 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Tuesdays. Come by and ask for a registration form and get a tour!