It’s no secret that the Columbia Association (CA) offers a plethora of facilities and programs for the people who live, work and play in Columbia. While CA offers something for everyone, May is Older Americans Month, and this month we want to let you all know about some of the programs and activities that CA offers to attract mature adults. CA is also offering a special 10 percent discount on memberships for residents ages 65 and older, beginning on May 1.
The When If Not Now program is an eight-week exercise program for mature adults. The program provides participants with a hands-on introduction to living healthier through exercise. Each participant is paired with a coach who guides that person through CA’s fitness classes and the exercise equipment at each CA facility. Learn more by calling 410-730-1801.
There are quite a few group fitness classes offered at CA fitness facilities that are primarily attended by mature adults, including aqua arthritis; deep water fitness; basic aerobics; aqua fitness; women, weights and osteoporosis; arthritis exercise; and more. You can read a description of the fitness classes offered at each facility at ColumbiaAssociation.org. CA also offers a 92-degree, 1,500-square-foot hot-water therapy pool at the Columbia Athletic Club. And for those of you interested in swimming outside, CA has five outdoor pools with beach entry to make entering the pool easier.
CA’s golf clubs and tennis clubs also offer a number of senior leagues for members to participate in. And if swimming is your sport of choice, senior swim times are held at the Columbia Swim Center on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 2–3pm all year.
The Columbia Archives frequently offers seniors from retirement and “over 55” housing facilities talks and tours that educate residents on the history of Columbia. Learn more about Archives activities by visiting ColumbiaArchives.org.
The Columbia Community Exchange (CCE) was started five years ago as part of the CA Board strategic initiative to assist older adults maintain their homes and keep them in compliance with the CA covenants. The CCE is a community-based time-banking program that gives neighbors the opportunity to help other neighbors through the mutual exchange of everyday services. Email for more information about the Columbia Community Exchange.
The Columbia Art Center also serves older residents by offering a monthly craft project that is completed by participants at the Longwood Senior Center each month. The Salon Series monthly presentation by artists, musicians, poets, actors and other local specialists is also well-attended by seniors in Columbia. And if you like to create works of art, the Art Center also offers watercolor and ceramics classes that have been a favorite among mature adults in the community. Learn about other opportunities at the Art Center at ColumbiaArtCenter.org.
CA offers a free events shuttle for individuals over age 60. The shuttle offers curb-to-curb evening and weekend transportation to cultural events in Howard County for groups of four or more. To request a ride, call 410-715-3087. You can also see this special video highlighting transportation and more…
Senior Advisory Committee
The CA Senior Advisory Committee focuses on advising CA on the needs, interests and concerns of Columbia’s senior residents. To get involved or learn more about the committee, call 410-715-3161.
— Written by Aria White