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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. In the wake of the coronavirus, we have had to adjust some of our programming for the safety of our participants. Many programs have had to be canceled, but there are still quite a few virtual options to choose from, as well as daily meal delivery.

Scroll down to read more about meals, ways to connect 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.

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

 

Credit: Rob San JuanMonday through Friday Meals

Meals Monday through Friday

The Goodman Community Center is a Dane County Nutrition site, which means we serve affordable, tasty meals five times a week. Usually, these meals would be served in our activity room, but with programs closed, we are now delivering them to any older adults who would like to receive them.

Days: Monday through Friday

Time: Meals are delivered between 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Age requirements: 60+

Fee: None

Registration: Contact Gayle Laszewski, Older Adult Program Director, to sign up to receive meals. 

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Phone: 608-204-8032

Drive-Thru Food Pantry

Pre-packaged bags (mostly non-perishable items) will be available for drive-thru or walk-up distribution outside in the Ironworks parking lot. No registration necessary.

  • Tuesday 9:30 a.m.– noon
  • Wednesday 6 p.m.– 8 p.m.
  • Thursday 12:30 p.m.– 3 p.m.

If you are unable to come to the Goodman Center to pick up groceries, please contact Gayle.

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Phone: 608-204-8032

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Bingo!

In-person Bingo is temporarily canceled due to COVID-19, however we are happy to announce that we are offering virtual Bingo! If you are interested in participating, please contact Gayle Laszewski, Older Adult Program Director, to sign up and to receive your Bingo cards. 

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Phone: 608-204-8032


 

Euchre

Our Saturday Euchre party and tournament, as well as our Tuesday and Friday Euchre tournaments are temporarily canceled due to COVID-19. However, we will start them up again as soon as we are able to welcome older adults back to the Goodman Center.

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With in-person older adult programming canceled due to the coronavirus, 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 online classes (via zoom.us). 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.


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.us). 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.

 


50+ Easy Yoga

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. 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. 

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.