By Faye Gaston
The Union Springs Senior Citizens Nutrition Center will re-open on Monday, June 14, 2021, from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.on weekdays. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been closed for months.
During this time, nutritious lunches were delivered in a drive-through in the parking lot. A page of word puzzles, drawings to creatively color, and health advice was handed out with the lunches each day for mental exercise. Center Manager, Terri Bean, kept in contact with participants by telephone.
The Bullock County Commission sponsored the renovation of the building. The criteria to be a participant at the Nutrition Center is to be age 60 and above. Income is not a consideration. It is not a restaurant. It is a Center for senior citizens to enjoy being together.
Bingo, dominos, a stationary bicycle, a treadmill, a television, and a piano are available. Exercises from chairs are conducted daily. Local preachers lead 30-minute Bible studies. Programs are presented on maintaining a healthy lifestyle through proper food and exercise.
Menus for lunches are announced a month at a time. Weather radios were provided through the EMA. Workshops have been held on packing emergency bags for bad weather.
Candidates for political office make campaign visits. The Center participants plan special programs for holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Nominations are made for the Alabama Senior Citizens Hall of Fame for lifetime achievements and married couples for 65 years. Center Manager, Terri Bean, is working with her staff to get everything ready for the much-anticipated re-opening of the Center.