Foley Senior Center
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 McKenzie
Senior Center Manager
Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday, 8 am – 4 pm
Saturday Night Dance, Doors open at 6:00
Band plays at 6:30
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 $15.00 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.
We have blown through February and now we are looking forward to the activities of March. As our winter friends begin their journeys north we wish for you safe travels and we can’t wait to see you next time.
We have a new staff member at the Foley Senior Center. Stop by and get to know her. Nancy enjoys meeting new people, listening to local music, traveling, family times and reading. She moved to Foley 9 years ago and has worked in marketing and PR as well as HR at South Baldwin Medical Center. She and her husband, Larry, have 4 children, 4 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren! How time flies!
Shred Day – April 18th, 3-5pm, Behind the Foley Civic Center.
Dinner B4 Dark – Gulf Island Grill.
Day Trip – History Museum of Mobile, Downton Abbey Exhibit
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 to August. Don’t forget your hat, sunglasses and sunscreen, because our pool is outdoors. Cost is $3 for members and $4 for guests.
Exercise and Yoga with Kathleen Calligan
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 exercise classes cover each of these by incorporating weights and bands. Classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. Cost for all classes are $2.00 for members and $4.00 for non-members.
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 10:00 a.m. Cost for all classes are $2.00 for members and $4.00 for non-members.
Instructed by Rio Cordy. Wednesdays 11:00 a.m. Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese exercise system relying on slow, low impact movements. It has been proven to improve balance, lower blood pressure and provide an overall sense of well-being. Rio teaches the Yang style which is a short 24 step system ideal for any age. For those with difficulty standing, Rio also demonstrates seated Tai Chi. Cost for all classes are $2.00 for members and $4.00 for non-members.
Instructed by Elizabeth Castellanos. Mondays 12:30 p.m. Zumba is high energy dance routines featuring aerobic/fitness interval training with a combination of fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body. The low impact choreography focuses on balance, range of motion and coordination, with easy to follow dance steps. Cost for all classes are $2.00 for members and $4.00 for non-members.
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 3:00 and the cost is $2.00 members & $4.00 for non-members. If you would like more information on this class, call Sherry at 251-978-2003.
Instructed by Anne Godfrey. Wednesdays 12:30 p.m..
Cost for all classes are $2.00 for members and $4.00 for non-members.
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 runs from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. We ask you to bring your favorite refreshments. Admission is $5 for members and $7 for guests.