This program provides tools for seniors in the Southside community to live healthier, more active lifestyles, achieve optimal aging, and be socially fit. Health screenings and health education are provided to promote healthy and independent living. We meet in casual settings with healthy refreshments, with various health related discussions, demonstrations, guest speakers and health screenings. Enjoy seeing your neighbors and making new friends!

For more information or how to enroll in these classes and workshops, contact or call 850-891-4052

Classes give participants an opportunity to take charge of various aspects of aging in a safe environment while maintaining connections with their peers. Various topics include brain health, healthy eating and weight management, through diet changes, how to stay active, falls prevention, elder safety from predators and scams and elder law issues. Participants enjoy listening to and interacting with presenters and each other as they take control of their lives and speak on health issues pertinent to the older adult.

Monthly Wellness Circles

Join neighbors, make new friends and discuss important health topics at these monthly gatherings.

Held on the 2nd Tuesday at Jack McLean Community Center (700 Paul Russell Road) and the 3rd Wednesday at Jake Gaither Community Center (801 Bragg Drive) 11-noon; Suggested donation is $2 per class and includes a snack and beverage.

Tuesdays, May 9 & June 13 at the Jack McLean
Wednesdays, May 17 & June 21 at the Jake Gaither

The presenter at the May Wellness Circles is Allanah Rubi-Mooney, certified personal trainer and the fitness instructor for AHEC.

In June, Barbara Kirksey, a trained specialist with the Area Agency on Aging’s Serving the Healthcare Needs of Elders (SHINE) program, will help you with your Medicare, Medicaid and health insurance questions and concerns.

Art Therapy

Wednesdays, June 21 – July 26 (6 weeks), 9:30 – 11:00
at Jake Gaither Community Center
Facilitated by Sophia Vargas

Lunch & Learn

Topic: “Depression and Anxiety in the Elderly”
Wednesday, August 23
at Jake Gaither Community Center

Brain Body Balance (BBB) is a program that helps seniors connect their minds and bodies in a way to prevent balance issues that lead to falls.

Classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays 9–10:00 am at Optimist Park Center in Indian Head Acres. Exercises improve agility, balance, coordination, flexibility, and strength. Space is limited so pre-registration is required. Suggested donation: $3/class. Fitness Cards are available for $25 for 10 classes, or $50 for 20 classes.