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Newport (Oregon) 60+ Activity Center
volunteers gather for a photo.
During each of these volunteer
activities, I met many fellow seniors
in the Newport area and
learned a great deal about the various
challenges these important
members of our community face.
This led to my own efforts to focus
on how the medical community
and community-based organizations
might work together to
dramatically improve the mental
and physical health of our population.
Specifically, I believe together
we are uniquely positioned
to counter isolation and improve
the physical health of our older
population through programs
designed to improve
strength,
balance, mental acuity and more,
while recognizing how age-related
fears and a lack of self-efficacy
impact the mind and body. The
need to address these concerns
has increased in magnitude with
the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
and, as with so much of
the above, NRPA has been instrumental
to our success by providing
training materials and support
to many of these programs.
In 2023, the 60+ Activity Center
logged 9,723 volunteer hours.
Volunteers helped to prepare and
serve 250 free meals in our dining
room on Thanksgiving; held
a health fair and supported the
vaccination
clinic
facilitators;
ran our gift shop; supported free
events, such as
the Palentine's
Day dance, tree trimming singalong
and monthly birthday celebration
lunches; and facilitated
123 fitness, educational and social
programs.
As volunteers representing the
As volunteers representing the 60+ group, we
are highly invested in the support of our center.
And, I am in complete agreement with the
saying, " If we change one life, we change the
world forever. " If you have an opportunity to
volunteer, I hope you'll jump at it!
60+ group, we are highly invested
in the support of our center. And, I
am in complete agreement with the
saying, " If we change one life, we
change the world forever. " If you
have an opportunity to volunteer, I
hope you'll jump at it!
SEE ALSO: Conservation Inspiration:
A Class for Older Adults to
Engage in Action, Kärin J. Kupka,
LCSW, Parks & Recreation, December
2020, Vol. 55, Iss. 12, tinyurl.
com/42cad8b9;
Senior Centers: Reimagining
Aging and Exploring New
Opportunities, Lesha Spencer-Brown,
MPH, CPH, Parks & Recreation,
September 2019, Vol.
54,
Iss.
9,
tinyurl.com/yc58mmez; Using Virtual
Volunteering to Engage Diverse Communities,
Tony Richardson, Parks &
Recreation, April 2021, Vol. 56, Iss.
4, tinyurl.com/3bbv3k7a.
Bryn McCornack is a Volunteer and Advocate
for the Newport (Oregon) 60+ Activity Center
(WalkWithEase.bryn@gmail.com).
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PHOTO COURTESY OF ANGELA PIETI
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