CH Senior Center News
February is Heart Awareness Month. It begins on Friday, Feb. 1, with National Wear Red Day—a day designated to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease.
The Cleveland Heights Senior Activity Center (SAC) offers programs, activities and classes to help seniors lower their risk of heart disease.
On Tuesday, Feb. 5, 1 p.m., blood-pressure monitoring is offered through Case Western Reserve University’s student-run free clinic. Check "News for Senior Adults" at www.chparks.com for days and times when other agencies visit to offer this service.)
In addition, an electronic blood-pressure monitoring device is available anytime the SAC is open; staff can demonstrate how to use it. Weight can be monitored and tracked using the scale located on the fitness center’s track. SAC members with a current card are encouraged to use the track for free any weekday, 1–2 p.m.
Many SAC exercise classes are free or can be taken for a small fee, and any fee-based exercise class can be tried one time for free. Check SAC’s newsletter for a complete list of exercise programs.
Stress management also has been found to benefit heart health. The socializing that happens at SAC can reduce stress, and the center’s Relaxation and Meditation group meets weekly with this goal in mind.
If stress seems overwhelming, make an appointment to talk with a CH Office on Aging social worker. They can be reached at 216-691-7377, and are available to help.
The Cleveland Heights SAC, located in the CH Community Center at 1 Monticello Blvd., offers a variety of programming for those 60 and older. A complete schedule of programs is published in the community center’s newsletter, available online at www.chparks.com.
SAC membership is $5 for Cleveland Heights residents. To sign up, bring a recent piece of mail (such as a bill) and a photo ID.
University Heights residents who would like to join SAC must first register with Patrick Grogan-Myers, University Heights community development coordinator, at 216-932-7800, ext. 203, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Membership is $10 for University Heights seniors.
Amy Jenkins is supervisor at the Cleveland Heights Office on Aging and the Senior Activity Center. She can be reached at 216-691-7379 or by e-mail at email@example.com.