In-person activities for older adults resume after 18 months of closure during the pandemic
The Willamalane Adult Activity Center, located at 215 W. C St. Springfield, Ore., will open to the public beginning Monday, July 19, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. The center is an activity hub for older adults, including over a dozen weekly scheduled social gatherings, games, and movies. The center will also provide services like blood pressure checks, foot care, and food assistance.
The center has been closed since March of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During the closure, many services transitioned to drive-thru or delivery options to maintain safety for older adults. The drive-thru Senior Meals service saw a 35% increase in demand, delivering over 25,000 meals in one year of operation to some of our community’s most vulnerable populations. Meal services will continue operating in a drive-thru format until the fall.
“It is so crucial for older adults to stay social and connected. Our modified services like drive-thru meals helped to maintain that connection, but now by reopening the center, we’ll create more of those important social opportunities,” said Tracy Kribs, Special Events and Operations Program Manager.
With reopening, other services, like foot care and free blood pressure checks, will return to the building for the first time since the adult activity center closed last year.
Returning social activities include conversation and coffee, knitting and card making groups, and bridge and mahjong game times. Additionally, the Wood Shop and Rock Shop will also reopen on July 19. These DIY studios are available to people of all ages and include all the equipment and staff support needed to build and craft wood and stone objects. Willamalane Adult Activity Center’s gift shop will also reopen, offering handmade goods from local artisans.
Information about all of Willamalane Adult Activity Center’s services, social happenings, and shops is available at willamalane.org/center.