Education sessions at the COA address all aspects of life: physical, mental, spiritual and emotional. Topics range from fall prevention to cooking for one or two to protecting yourself from credit card scams. The COA staff attempts to offer classes that engage you intellectually or emotionally, assist you as you navigate through life, or help you learn ways to keep yourself safe.
We also offer a wide variety of enrichment programs such as musical entertainment, arts and crafts classes, Bingo, Bridge and other card games. Both our centers have pool tables, lending libraries, fitness rooms and beautiful outdoor space.
Seniors can come to either one of our centers to participate in classes that are fun and aimed at keeping their bodies moving at the pace that best fits them. The COA offers classes on Improving Balance (S..A.I.L.), Line Dancing, Chair Yoga, Zumba Gold, Cardio Drumming and more. For a complete schedule of our classes, visit our newsletter.
Our Arthritis Exercise classes and S.A.I.L., which are taught by certified instructors meet the standards for an Evidence Based Disease Prevention Program (EBDP). When you sign up for an evidence-based program, you have the security of knowing that the class has been tested thoroughly and has proven that it works.
In addition, both of our centers have fitness rooms that feature a variety of equipment such as treadmills and recumbent bikes.
Both centers collaborate with health care professionals in our community to offer screenings each month to help our seniors manage their health. We have blood pressure checks, hearing and vision screenings, a foot care clinic and much more.
You never know what might be happening at our centers on any given day. Perhaps everyone is enjoying a refreshing slice of watermelon to celebrate National Watermelon Day. Maybe we are having lunch in the park with COA staff grilling mouthwatering hot dogs and hamburgers. Our special events include holiday parties, seasonal celebrations, and more. Other special events include our Dinner Night Out program, where our seniors eat out at a local restaurant or have food catered in to our centers and enjoy fabulous entertainment.
The COA offers trips that appeal to all interest levels. We have gone to historical museums, tourist attractions, to see live entertainment and more. We try to offer at least one trip per month that we sponsor and coordinate.
The COA is supported by funds from: The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Aging, Community Living and Supports; the Branch-St. Joseph Area Agency on Aging (Region IIIC); St. Joseph County Senior Millage; Older American’s Act; Older Michiganian’s Act and Donations.
Oaks Enrichment Center
306 N. Franks Ave.
Sturgis, MI 49091
Rivers Enrichment Center & Residence
1200 W. Broadway St.
Three Rivers, MI 49093