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Older Adults

Credit: McIntire PhotographyThe Goodman Community Center serves older adults (50+) with a regular calendar of activities and resources for living well.

Scroll down to read more about meals, ways to connect in person and virtually, health and wellness and other activities for older adults.

Do you have questions about our Older Adult programs? Looking to connect with services for people who are 50+? Want to share ideas for programs you’d like to lead or attend? Just looking for more information? Contact Gayle Laszewski at 608-204-8032 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Connect with other older adults aged 50+ on our private GCC Facebook group. Request access here.

In case of inclement weather

Our older adult programming, including weekday meals, will be cancelled if the Madison Schools are closed due to snow. For the safety of all, programming may pause in the case of tornado or severe thunderstorm warnings.

If the Madison Schools are closed as a result of a planned closure, Goodman Community Center will cancel the older adult meal if a blizzard, ice or storm warning is issued. Please check our Facebook page for the most up-to-date information.

 

Credit: Rob San JuanMonday through Friday Meals

The Goodman Community Center is a Dane County Nutrition site, which means we serve affordable, tasty meals five times a week.


In-Person Senior Meals are Back!

We're excited to welcome you back for in-person lunches Monday through Friday. We’ll continue to take COVID-19 precautions to ensure the safety of everyone involved, so space will be limited. Seniors wishing to participate in the lunch must make a reservation 24 hours in advance. 

Days: Monday through Friday

Time: Noon

Age requirements: 60+

Suggested Donation: $4

Reservations: Call (608) 241-1574, x8087

If you need transportation, please let us know when you make your reservation. Transportation provided by Transit Solutions. Suggested donation: $0.50 each way.

Questions? Contact Gayle Laszewski, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 608-204-8032

 

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Bingo!

In-person Bingo is back! Join us every Wednesday for a fun game, conversation and good company.

  • When: Wednesdays, 1-2:30pm
  • Where: Rashke Room, Ironworks Building (149 Waubesa St.)
  • Who: Ages 50+

Questions? Contact Gayle Laszewski, Older Adult Program Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 608-204-8032.

Masks required. Tables will be distanced to stay safe. When you arrive at the Goodman Center, ring the doorbell to be let in.


 

Euchre

Euchre is back! Join us every Tuesday.

  • When: Tuesdays, 1-3pm
  • Where: Rashke Room, Ironworks Building (149 Waubesa St.)
  • Who: Ages 50+

Questions? Contact Gayle Laszewski, Older Adult Program Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 608-204-8032.

Masks required. Tables will be distanced to stay safe. When you arrive at the Goodman Center, ring the doorbell to be let in.


 For additional activities, check out our full Activities Calendar.

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With some in-person older adult programming suspended due to COVID-19, a few GCC instructors have come together to offer virtual health and wellness programs.

Tai Chi

This is a remarkable, easy and fun-to-do movement class which involves all muscles, joints, ligaments and bones of the body. Instructions as to how to perform the exercises are given during the session. Chairs are used for stabilization and no mats are necessary. Can be done in ordinary clothing.

Instructor Rachel Sandretto is offering in-person classes Fridays at 1pm in Gym B of the Goodman Center Ironworks building (149 Waubesa St.). Contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.


Gentle Exercise

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 recommended by doctors and therapists to help keep joints flexible and can be practiced both sitting and standing.

Instructor Rachel Sandretto is offering online classes (via Zoom) Tuesdays at 1pm. Contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to get the link to the sessions.

Balance Stamp of Approval*These classes have been awarded the Balance Stamp of Approval (BSOA) for meeting the balance-enhancing criteria developed by the Balance Keys Committee of Safe Communities of Madison-Dane County.

 


Easy Yoga Plus

This evidence-based yoga program from Duke University, is being prescribed by medical providers for many illnesses. Experience the benefits of yoga such as: increased energy level, decreased joint stiffness and improved circulation.Ellen Millar, RYT, CCYT, is a certified yoga instructor, and has a passion for bringing yoga to individuals regardless of physical ability.

Find videos to do whenever it’s convenient for you on Ellen’s website: thewonderofyoga.com. Ellen is also hosting live yoga sessions via Zoom: Wednesdays at 10am and Fridays at 11am. Contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.to receive access information.

Thanks to Rachel and Ellen for offering these resources to help keep us active and well during this time. 


 For additional activities, check out our full Activities Calendar.

Philosophy & Short Story Discussions

Join Madison College professor Dr. Joseph Lynch for philosophy discussions (via Zoom). On alternate weeks, discuss short fiction with activist and retired journalist Dan Melton. Open to all adults. Discussions will follow.

Dates: Tuesdays

Time: 10am – 11:30am

Contact: Dan Melton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 608.249.9632 for meeting information.


 For additional activities, check out our full Activities Calendar.