Friday, August 29, 2014
The Mount Pleasant Thomasena Stokes-Marshall Senior Services Center located at 840 Von Kolnitz Road, offers a variety of recreational, cultural and creative arts programs, in addition to providing health, wellness, educational and social activities for those 50 and older.
Many senior centers follow a model of wellness for seniors called the “six dimensions of wellness”; these being physical, emotional, social, spiritual, intellectual and vocational. The center addresses these dimensions through the establishment of a dedicated gathering place for seniors to engage in a wide array of stimulating programs.
“The Mount Pleasant Senior Services Center has been and will continue to be a valuable community asset providing significant benefits to older adults and their families,” said Mount Pleasant mayor Linda Page. “In a rapidly changing environment where the needs and demands of seniors are expanding, living healthier and longer lives provides significant opportunities for centers to serve older adults and their families in ways that were not possible in the past. We are proud, here at the center, to offer programs that can best match the scale of change with the scale of demand.”
The success of the senior services center was immediate. Members flocked to the facility in unprecedented numbers. Since its opening in 2008, the senior center has grown by leaps and bounds and exceeded its capacity within three years. An extension doubling the square footage of the building was completed in 2013.
With a membership nearing 3,000 seniors, the center consistently finds new ways to engage its senior population.
Space at the facility includes a fitness room with state-of-the-art cardiovascular and strengthening training equipment, group exercise rooms, café, member lounge, card room, library, arts and crafts room, screened porch and healing garden.
Ongoing classes and offerings satisfy a wide range of interests. Members can take an AARP Driver Safety Program to refresh their skills or learn a new language, such as Spanish, Italian or even Latin. They can sign up for varied exercise classes such as rumba, strength training and weights, yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi, Bare and dancing. Massage therapists and personal trainers are also available.
Game players often enjoy bingo, pinochle, bridge, cribbage, canasta, dominoes and Mahjong. Social and educational activities include language and general interest classes, Lunch and Learn programs, potluck luncheons and coffee talks.
Artists can try their hand at painting and perhaps have their masterpiece displayed at the center's art gallery. Rug hooking, quilting and knitting groups also meet at the site.
Seniors wanting to engage in the emerging social media may take computer or tablet classes and enjoy a wireless internet connection at the center.
The center is open Monday through Thursday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Membership fees are $100 per year for Charleston County residents and $200 for non-residents of Charleston County.
For more information on the Mount Pleasant Thomasena Stokes-Marshall Senior Services Center, contact staff online at www.tompsc.com or call 843-856-2166.