Senior centers sizzle with summer happenings

By: Tiffany Esshaki, Elizabeth Scussel | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published August 6, 2014

BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — Seniors in the Birmingham/Bloomfield area looking to add a little spice to their lives need look no further. Whether you crave a brain or body workout, local senior centers are offering  a variety of programs and classes.

Bloomfield Township Senior Services is currently putting an emphasis on a myriad of fitness classes. New to the class list is Dance for Parkinson’s. The class — which is specifically designed for those with Parkinson’s disease — offers a mix of movements from modern and theater dance. The class aims to enhance aesthetic awareness and grace, while addressing PD-specific concerns, such as balance, flexibility, coordination and gait.

“All our fitness classes are helpful to those with different illnesses, but this type of class is totally new to us,” said Christine Tvaroha, director of Senior Services.

Also new to the lineup is Bokwa, in which participants draw letters and numbers with their feet while moving through a fitness routine.

To those who have not yet visited the center, Tvaroha explained that in the center, age isn’t something noticed.

“It’s a welcoming atmosphere, and we’re really relaxed here. A lot of people come in and they’re surprised at how comfortable they immediately feel,” Tvaroha said.

Three times a year, BTSS offers a week of complimentary fitness classes for residents to try, free of charge. The next fitness week is Sept. 2-6.

BTSS is also always on the lookout for new fitness instructors. The Bloomfield Township Senior Center is located at 4315 Andover Road in Bloomfield Township. For more information, call (248) 723-3500.

The Birmingham Area Senior Coordinating Council also provides an array of activities and special programs. Currently, BASCC officials said they are pleased to share a special series of guest speakers offering information on a plethora of topics.

“BASCC has always been interested in providing our members exercise for both body and mind, and our evening lecture series certainly provides for the latter,” said Peter Mcfarlane of BASCC. “When we expanded our hours to include Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, we saw it as an opportunity to bring in some first-class lecturers to speak on a myriad of topics and who could intrigue and inform, as well as, to a degree, entertain.”

At 6:30 p.m. Aug. 12, BASCC will welcome Oakland University professor Sean Farrell Moran, author of “Patrick Pearse and the Politics of Redemption.” Moran will continue his lecture series on how the history of England helped shape the modern world.

“The depth and breadth of knowledge possessed by professor Moran is admirable, but that he is able to convey it in a manner that is easily digestible, yet rich with his insight and knowledge from his years of study, is what is truly impressive,” Mcfarlane said.

BASCC also recently welcomed Jerry Burden, the president of the Oakland County Chapter of the League of Women Voters, to discuss upcoming elections, and Craig Ciccone, who discussed the Robert Kennedy assassination. In October, the BASCC will be host to author Armando Delictado, who will talk about the history of the Cass Corridor.

The lectures at BASCC are free for members and $5 for nonmembers. BASCC is located at 2121 Midvale St. in Birmingham. For more information or to register, call (248) 203-5270.