Programs - Older Adults

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Join us for a friendly game of Bingo!

The Goodman Community Center serves older adults (60+) with a regular calendar of activities and resources for living well. See old friends and make new ones while you enjoy gentle exercise, delicious meals, favorite games and other programs. No reservations or registrations are required for meals and programs.

A typical week features a salad at 11:40, followed by an entree. See below for special daily activities:

  • Mondays: Lunch, followed by Nickel Bingo
  • Tuesdays: Lunch, followed by Euchre at 12:30 p.m.
  • Wednesdays: All-day program! Gentle exercise at 10:00 am, followed by coffee and fellowship, lunch, and Nickel Bingo until 2:30 pm.
  • Thursdays: Lunch, followed by bridge, philosophy dicussions & ping pong
  • Fridays: Walking group at 9 am (meet at front desk), coffee and fellowship at 11:00 am, lunch

Scroll down to read about meals, Bingo, exercise, and other activities for older adults, or download our sample calendar for older adults.

Do you have questions about our Older Adult programs? Looking to connect with services for people who are 60+? Want to share ideas for programs you'd like to lead or attend? Just looking for more information? Contact Gayle Laszewski at 204-8032 or gayle@goodmancenter.org.

Note: Poor weather may cause cancellation of Goodman Community Center events, activities and programs. The Goodman Community Center closes when the Madison schools close due to weather conditions


Meals and activities for older adults

Five Minute Chair Massage

Dates: Check back for updated dates.
Five-minute FREE chair massage by Dr. Ron India, chiropractor. Arrive early for this popular service. Check the welcome board in the lobby for the location. Dr. India will do massages from 9 to 10 a.m.

Healthy eating and Food Safety

Dates: September 9 and October 14
Join UW-Extension nutrition educator Martin Salas for a discussion on food safety (Sept. 9) and healthy eating (Oct. 14) from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m.

Philosophy Discussions and DVD College Lectures

When: Tuesdays
Philosophy discussions led by Professor Joseph Lynch of Madison College every other Tuesday. On alternate Tuesdays, listen to DVD college-level lectures on economics, science, art, history and health. Discussions will follow. For more information, contact John Wilson at johnmichaelwilson@yahoo.com.

Ping Pong

When: Thursdays 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. and Sundays from 1-4 p.m.
Join us for ping pong and lots of laughs. New players are always welcome.

Movies

When: Thursdays from 1-2:30 p.m.
Watch feature movies as well as classics, following lunch
For more information on these movies, contact John Wilson at johnmichaelwilson@yahoo.com.

Fun Fridays

When: Fridays from 12:45 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Join us for games on the first and third Fridays of the month and for music on the second and fourth Fridays.


Monday through Friday Meals

The Goodman Community Center is now a Dane County Nutrition site which means we now serve affordable, tasty noon meals five times a week. Enjoy our delicious hot noon meals, prepared in our own kitchen. Door-to-door bus service within a designated service area is provided through Dane County.

Interetested in Bus Service? Bus service, provided by NESCO, the North/Eastside Senior Coalition, is available in the following service area: The Capitol square east to Highway 51, south to Lake Monona and Olbrich Park, and north to the city limits, including Maple Bluff and parts of Blooming Grove.

More info about meals and other food resources...

Days: Monday-Friday
Times: 11:30-1:00
Age requirements: 60+ for Dane County senior meal site.
Fee:
Meals are by donation for anyone 60+
Registration required: Meal reservations are not required. Transportation requires advance notice.
Contact: Gayle Laszewski, Older Adult Program Director
Email: gayle@goodmancenter.org
Phone: 204-8032

Monday and Wednesday Lunch and Bingo

Join your neighbors for a nutritious meal in the Bolz Senior Room. Doors open at 10:00am to read the paper, play games and socialize with friends. A nutritious tossed salad is served at 11:40 and lunch is served at noon, with bingo to follow. (See full description of bingo below.)

Monday's Schedule: 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Salad at 11:40, followed by entree. Nickel bingo following.
Wednesday's Schedule: 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Salad at 11:40, followed by entree. Nickel bingo from 12:45-2:30 pm.
Age requirements: 60+
Fee: Meals are by donation
Registration required: No
Contact: Gayle Laszewski, Older Adult Program Director
Email: gayle@goodmancenter.org
Phone: 204-8032

Bingo!

Come for lunch and stay for the fun, or just drop in to play. Join us in the Bolz Room at the Center. Where else can you have so much fun for a nickel or a penny?

Days: Mondays NICKEL Bingo, Wednesdays NICKEL Bingo
Times: Mondays 12:30-2:00 p.m., Wednesdays 12:45-2:30 p.m.
Age requirements: 60+
Fee: Nickel per card on Monday and Wednesday
Registration required: No
Contact: Gayle Laszewski, Older Adult Program Director
Email: gayle@goodmancenter.org
Phone: 204-8032

Bingo Guidelines: The seniors and Center staff created guidelines to minimize misunderstandings and maximize the enjoyment of all. For instance, there is a four card maximum per player and players are asked to come prepared with their nickels or pennies depending on the type of Bingo played that day. Download the full list of Guidelines.

Bridge Time

If cards are your game, join us for Bridge!

Days: Every Thursday afternoon
Times: 12:30-2:30 game time
Age requirements: 60+
Fee: None
Registration required: No
Contact: Gayle Laszewski, Older Adult Program Director
Email: gayle@goodmancenter.org
Phone: 204-8032

Euchre party & Tournament

If cards are your game, join the Euchre party! Join us for dessert before the game.

Days: First Saturday of each month (and sometimes second)
Upcoming Dates: Sept. 13 & 20 and Oct. 4 & 18
Times: 12:30-3:00 p.m
Age requirements: 60+
Fee: $1 to feed the Kitty. Top 3 scorers win prizes.
Registration required: No
Contact: Gayle Laszewski, Older Adult Program Director
Email: gayle@goodmancenter.org
Phone: 204-8032

Euchre Tournament >> New on Tuesdays

If cards are your game, join the Euchre party! Join us for dessert before the game.

Days: Every Tuesday and Friday
Times: 12:30-2:30 game time
Age requirements: 60+
Fee: $1 to feed the Kitty. Top 3 scorers win prizes.
Registration required: No
Contact: Gayle Laszewski, Older Adult Program Director
Email: gayle@goodmancenter.org
Phone: 204-8032


Exercise for older adults


Sarah Watts' gentle exercise class
is popular with
men and women.

Gentle Exercise and Tai Chi

This gentle mind/body exercise and relaxation program is designed especially for people with arthritis, joint pain or any kind of stiffness that limits movement. These range- of-motion exercises are recommend-ed by doctors and therapists to help keep joints flexible and can be practiced both sitting and standing.

>Hours and details: Gentle Exercise class meets on Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. in Merrill Lynch Room C and the Friday Tai Chi Fundamental Form class meets at a new time, from 1-2 p.m. -- usually in the same room. No registration needed. There is a $1 suggested donation. Led by Sarah Watts, certified ROM, Range of Motion, Dance instructor. For more information, contact Sarah Watts at 244-9424 .


Interested in information? We bring in community resource people with specialties ranging from hospice to healthy nutrition. We're interested in your suggestions for programs and activities. Let us hear from you!

Would you like to volunteer with our programs for older adults? Find out more about volunteering with the Goodman Community Center.

For the current schedule of older adult programs, check out our online activities calendar.

To find out about all the activities we offer for older adults, or to offer suggestions, contact Gayle Laszewski, Older Adult Program Director at gayle@goodmancenter.org or 204-8032.

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