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Spaghetti Dinner Serves Dual Purpose

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On Tuesday evening, July 16 the newly established Senior Recreation Center at 61 Atoka Mclaughlin Drive, held both an open house and also a fellowship for area seniors. The time of the event was 5:30– 8 p.m. It provided an opportunity for those attending to break bread with old fashioned spaghetti as an entrée.
About 150 dinners were served and the attendees were entertained with a dance rendition from the Memphis Grizzlies Grannies and Grandpas Dance Team.
The Center that sits right next door to Bell Internal Medicine was a longtime vision of Dr. Darl V. Bell that is now been realized and is becoming a whirlwind of activities for Atoka and surrounding area seniors. The center provides a place for everything from art training, crafts, scrap-booking, reading areas, exercise and computer classes for seniors. Also included in activities are card playing, bingo, board games, dominos and puzzles as well as other activities and events for those who deserve it most and receive it less, our elderly.
Each month there will be free educational classes offered in areas that affect our aging population like diabetes, arthritis, hypertension, fibromyalgia, neuropathy and so many more. In the next upcoming months the UT Extension Tipton County office will be offering some classes at the Center.
This month’s speakers include: Dr. Darl V. Bell of Bell Internal Medicine, Dr. Brad Langley of Mid-South Physical Therapy & Fitness Center and Alison Braithwaite RN CDE of Novo Nordisk. The staff sees many classes forthcoming.
“People come in and see what we are trying to do and next thing we know there is a donation forthcoming” said Tyla Berry, the newly hired Director of the Center. “Just this weekend, I received a call from Patricia Eubanks, who donated over a thousand dollars of new merchandise, for our scrap-booking classes that began in June and meet each Tuesday at 10:00 am. at the Center.”
Two weeks prior, Judy Reese heard that we wanted to offer music classes and donated a practically new Yamaha keyboard that will allow us to offer keyboarding to seniors immediately.
Robert Harmon has also volunteered to compose and direct a sing-a-long quartet at the Center. An 85 year old Robert Choate brought two of his own extremely beautiful oil paintings, which he donated to the Recreation Center. He will be leading art classes next month and working with Nikki Miller, who is a University of Memphis intern, graduating shortly with a degree in Art.
The Center uses the name “SRC” for short and is working with many programs and activities that allow the seniors to lead themselves. The Director likes to use the phrase. “for seniors, by seniors” and this is truly the case at SRC.
Line dancing classes will be offered in August as well as “chair fitness” and several other aerobics classes and a walker’s club is being established for area residents.
More dinners and social events are planned at SRC. The staff and the seniors will always be looking to see what our area aging residents want.  They will also be trying in all ways possible to allow the seniors to bring their own services to themselves.

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