Activities for Seniors
New ‘Lunch & Learn’ series offers advice, fun for area senior citizens
Monthly meetings to feature various speakers
Lunch & Learn
Feb. 11: Happy Heart Health & Wellness, Amy Marston
March 11: Find Joy in Everyday, Suzanne Piper-Baird, CSA
April 8: Kentucky Derby Countdown
May 13: Protect Assets, plan for Your Future, Attorney Parker Clifton
June 8: Health Fair Expo
July 12: Celebration of the Red, White & Blue
Aug. 12: Rockin’ to the Oldies with Ken Petro
Sept. 9: History of Kentucky Bourbon with Neely Family Distillery
Oct. 14: Wine Tasting & Pairing with Elk Creek Winery
Nov. 11: Honoring & Celebration of Veterans
Dec. 9: Christmas Celebration Party
CARROLLTON, Ky. (February 2019) – Laughter Yoga teaches that voluntary laughter is as valuable as spontaneous laughter to the health and well-being of individuals. Suzanne Piper-Baird, a Certified Senior Advisor, featured this technique in her booth at the Friends of Butler Health Fair last summer. The unique topic caught the attention of Tanya Supplee, Parks Program Services Supervisor.
With more than 27 years of experience working with the Gen. Butler State Resort Park in Carrollton, Ky., Supplee had been looking for additional ways to broaden the park’s outreach. The two innovators connected over their shared interests in developing programs to benefit seniors.
Piper-Baird’s expertise covers a broad range of services working with seniors. Supplee was intrigued with the possibilities of building on the knowledge of Piper-Baird to better serve local seniors. Together, they developed the “Lunch & Learn” concept for a new series to be offered at Gen. Butler State Resort Park.
“Healthy Park, Healthy Living for Glowing Years” is the theme for this new 2019 “Lunch & Learn” program. The program is called “CHEERS,” an acronym representing Connection, Health, Eat, Exercise, Resources and Spirit of Learning and Fun.
“We are hoping to bring people back to discover this great recreational outlet,” Supplee said. “CHEERS is a way to connect individuals to the park, healthy lifestyles, and friends.”
The Gen. Butler State Resort Park offers daily lunch buffets to the community and park visitors. On Mondays, seniors are invited to a weekly Monday Senior Buffet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. each week at a cost of $8 plus tax. The “Lunch & Learn” program has been added to the second Monday of each month, at no additional charge for the program. The program will begin at noon after participants have had a chance to enjoy a great lunch. The program will be presented in a separate conference room.
Piper-Baird noted that the goal is to “draw older adults to be active, to find fun, fitness and wellness.
“Happy Heart Health and Wellness” is the next program to be presented at noon Monday, Feb. 11. Amy Marston, R.N., B.S.N., will discuss diet and nutrition with a focus on fruits and vegetables, exercise tips for each age group and the importance of following up with a physician for yearly blood tests.
Marston started her career at the Three Rivers District Health Department as a clerk. She returned to school to complete R.N. certification at Kentucky State University. She worked in critical care nursing at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Florence, Ky., to gain additional clinical experience. Then she returned to the Health Department. Ten years later, she went back to school. She graduated with a B.S.N. from Northern Kentucky University.
Again, she returned to the Health Department. She has built her career on the knowledge of the Health Department needs and services as well as her advanced nursing education. She has broad experience with all age groups, and will share her insights in the February program.
Marston is currently the Community Health Strategist for the Three Rivers District Health Department, serving Carroll, Gallatin, Owen and Pendleton counties. She also serves as the Infectious Disease Coordinator and the Harm Reduction Coordinator for those counties. In her capacity as Infectious Disease Coordinator, she is responsible for reporting all reportable diseases to the State of Kentucky. Her role as the Harm Reduction Coordinator is to help connect injectable drug users to primary care physicians. She also administers the syringe exchange program to help reduce the spread of HIV, Hepatitis C and Hepatitis B.
“Find Joy in Every Day” will be presented by Piper-Baird at noon Monday March 11. Her background includes a degree in psychology and human services with graduate work in pastoral counseling. Ten years ago, she moved to Perry Park, Ky. There, she started working as an educator and presenter on senior issues.
Additional information is available by calling Supplee at (502) 732-4384. The park is located at 1608 Hwy. 227 in Carrollton.
Along with attorney Parker Clifton, she initiated the formation of the Safe Aging Coalition of Northern Kentucky. She also became a Certified Laughter Yoga instructor in addition to her certification as a Senior Advisor. Piper-Baird said, “It is possible to learn to laugh, it’s therapeutic and a great way to connect with other individuals.”
Reservations are not required for the “Lunch & Learn” sessions unless the group is larger than 10 people. Presenters have already been selected for the monthly programs through December 2019.
Gen. Butler State Park and Resort is a full-scale resort with 53 rooms at the main lodge, 24 cabins and 111 campsites. It features the Historic Butler-Turpin House, nine miles of hiking and biking trails, miniature golf, tennis, boating, canoeing and fishing on the small lake.
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