CH Senior Center News

In the age of technology and touch screens, old-fashioned board and card games are making a comeback.

The benefits of this simple group activity are well documented and can include: increased memory formation and cognitive skills; decreased risk for disease; an improved immune system, and improved coordination and dexterity; and increased opportunies to socialize, laugh with others and have fun, which can lower blood pressure.

At the Cleveland Heights Senior Activity Center (SAC), games are a part of everyday programming. Groups gather each week to play Bid Whist, Bridge, Pinochle, Rummikub, Mah Jong and Scrabble. Check SAC’s newsletter or call for specific dates and times.

Starting on Monday, Feb. 5, at 11 a.m., SAC will add a new program, Chess with Leo. Chess is a great game, and this is a fine opportunity to learn the fundamentals of play or brush up on existing skills with the help of an experienced chess enthusiast. Chess with Leo will continue to meet weekly, so plan to drop in.

If there is a game that you played in the past or would like to learn to play, contact SAC and we will try to add it to our schedule. Game playing at the senior center is non-competitive and all are welcome to participate.

SAC, located in the Cleveland Heights Community Center at 1 Monticello Blvd., offers a variety of programming for those 60 and older, and is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. A complete schedule of programs is published in the community center’s newsletter, and available online at

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 Membership is $10 for University Heights seniors.

Amy Jenkins

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

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 10:31 AM, 02.01.2018