The City of Foley loves its young-at-heart senior citizens!
The mission of the City of Foley Senior Center is to provide opportunities for the “young at heart” to meet and enjoy a wide variety of social, educational, health and recreational activities while promoting the positive aspects of senior status to them, their families, and the community at large.
Contact: Teresa Neese
Senior Center Assistant
Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday, 8 am – 4 pm
Saturday Night Dance, 7 pm – 10 pm
Location / Mailing Address
304 E. Rose Avenue, Foley, AL 36535
Membership is available to those who are 50 years of age or older. Membership fees are $11.00 per year.
If you thought the senior years were a time of slowing down, you haven’t been to the Foley Senior Center. This wonderful gathering place for adults ages 50 and older defies all stereotypes of the older population. Six days a week the Foley Senior Center is hopping with activity.
For more than 20 years the center has offered a wide variety of activities and has consistently grown and expanded to meet the needs of seniors of all ages. Programs and activities help participants “SIP” from the fountain of youth, encouraging Social, Intellectual and Physical activity, which has been proven to show overall improvements in quality of life.
Health & Fitness
At the Foley Senior Center, we offer a variety of exercise classes each day to help keep our seniors physically fit.
Water aerobics helps tone muscles and trim the excess. Non-swimmers, swimmers, experienced enthusiasts or first-timers are all invited to enjoy the relaxing and invigorating qualities of water. Exercising in water reduces weight on joints and spine, while allowing cardio stimulation, strength training and the opportunity to improve balance, physical exercise and social interaction. Classes run from June through August. Don’t forget your hat, sunglasses and sunscreen, because our pool is outdoors. Cost is $1 for members and $2 for guests.
Exercise, Jazzercise and Yoga with Loralea Blake
Regular exercise can prevent or delay diabetes and heart issues. It can also reduce arthritis pain, anxiety and depression. It can help older people stay independent. There are four main types of exercise, and seniors need some of each:
- Endurance activities, like walking, swimming or riding a bike, which build staying power and improve the health of the heart and circulatory system.
- Strengthening exercises, which build muscle tissue and reduce age-related muscle loss.
- Stretching exercises to keep the body limber and flexible.
- Balance exercises to reduce the chances of a fall.
Our Jazzercise classes cover each of these by incorporating weights, hula hoops and zumba into this hour-long class. Classes are held on Mondays at 10:00 a.m. and Thursdays at 12:45 p.m. Cost is $1 for members and $2 for guests.
Yoga is wonderful for anyone, but especially for senior adults. It will stretch and strengthen your body as you restore and maintain health. If you have a disability, doing simple yoga stretches from a seated position will help you manage the disability and maintain the best condition possible. All you need is a simple straight-back chair. The chair is not only used for the seated exercises but can also serve as support for many of the standing yoga postures as well. Classes are on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2:00 p.m. Cost is $1 for members and $2 for guests.
The goal of t’ai chi is to move through a series of choreographed movements, like a very slow martial arts routine, in a state of absolute relaxation. In order to do this, we have to let go of our physical and mental tensions. T’ai chi is simple and easy to do yet benefits us on many deep and complex levels. T’ai chi’s slow, relaxed movements incorporate breathing and relaxation techniques that cleanse our mind, body and emotions each time we go through the gentle movements. Our instructor, Ron Driesbach, has been teaching tai chi and qigong for more than 23 years. He is a member of The National Qigong Association and is certified in t’ai chi for arthritis. Classes are Fridays at 9:00 a.m. and cost is $1 for members and $2 for guests.
Qigong (“chee goong”) is a Chinese exercise program that involves a series of postures and exercises including slow, circular movements, regulated breathing and focused meditation. Qigong uses slow, deep, regular breathing and relaxed energy movement to work oxygen deeper into the tissues to help strengthen the heart and lungs. The benefits linked to qigong include greater stamina and vitality, reduced stress, enhanced immune system, improved cardiovascular, respiratory, circulatory, lymphatic and digestive function, lower blood pressure and less risk of falling. Classes are on Fridays at 10:00 a.m. and cost is $1 for members and $2 for guests.
Benefits of Dance
Dancing isn’t just about the steps and music. It’s a perfect combination of physical activity, social interaction and mental stimulation. The Foley Senior Center offers you several opportunities to come and experience all the benefits that dance has to offer. Dancing enhances your life in so many ways:
- Health: Cardiovascular system improves, muscle tone improves and you will be burning calories.
- Confidence: Your new self-confidence in your dancing abilities will transfer to other aspects of your life.
- Social: Dancing is a great way to meet people.
- Fun: Dancing is a great way to add fun and excitement to your life.
Don’t just sit back and think about learning how to waltz, rumba or swing! Don’t just WISH you could do the cha cha, tango or the foxtrot! Come dance with Sherry and learn these favorite dances plus many more. Classes are on Tuesdays at 3:15 p.m. Cost is $10 per person, per class. If you would like more information on this class, call Sherry at 251-978-2003.
Line Dancing on Wednesdays
Beginner Classes at 12:00 p.m.
Advanced Classes at 1:00 p.m.
No charge for this fun-loving, high-energy class.
Square Dancing with Patty Ping on Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m.
Our square dance caller, Patty Ping, is from Pensacola and has called for 31 years. Patty and her husband have square danced for 39 years. Grab a partner and come join the fun on Wednesdays from 2:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. Cost is $5 per person, per lesson.
The Foley Senior Center is the place to be on the 1st and 3rd Saturday nights of each month. Good music and friendly people make the Foley Senior Center dance the best and the longest-running dance in the area. Music is provided by various bands. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and dancing begins at 7:00 p.m. We ask you to bring your favorite refreshments. Admission is $5 for members and $7 for guests.