Prime Of Your Life | January 2020

Kearney Hub Weekend January 25-26, 2020 Want fun? MARCIA TRIMBLE, left, and her friend Betty Perales call the Peterson Senior Activity Center their “home away from home.” Look no further than the senior center SUE WRIGHT, in the front, and Sharon Kolymago have fun exercising in the Walk 15 class. Lori Potter, Kearney Hub BERNIE WIMMER and Don Spangrud enjoy an afternoon of deck shuffleboard. By MARY JANE SKALA Hub Staff Writer KEARNEY — On a recent wintry morning, Mary Ann Shiers and her aunt, Irene Shiers, played canasta in the spacious social area of the Peterson Senior Activity Center. The two come every day to play pinochle or pitch, eat lunch and volunteer at the meal desk. “The people are very friendly,” Irene said. “We stay all afternoon.” Betty Perales, sitting nearby, agreed. “I like being here for a meal. I don’t have to cook or clean up,” she said. Her friend Marcia Trimble calls the center her “home away from home.” She’s been coming daily since it opened 10 years ago. “It’s keeping me alive,” Erika Pritchard, Kearney Hub STAYING HEALTHY is the goal of many attendees at the Peterson Senior Activity Center. she said. No wonder Mayor Stan Clouse calls the center “one of the best things we’ve ever done for our community.” The Peterson Senior Activity Center celebrated its 10th anniversary Jan. 4. Every day, an average of 140 people enjoy its offerings including gentle yoga, pinochle, line danc- ing, woodburning, quilting, duplicate bridge and support groups. Roughly 101 people eat lunch each day. There are monthly movies, presentations on fire safety and winter safety, bookmobile visits, blood pressure checks and day trips to Iowa casinos. Several times a year, seniors travel to places like Bran- son, Mo., or Oklahoma City or the Pacific Northwest and beyond. “When the center moved out here, some people thought nobody would come,” Deb Eirich, the Erika Pritchard, Kearney Hub ANN DAY of Kearney enjoys the drop-in watercolor class offered every Tuesday afternoon. “In the last 10 years, I think we’ve made a big impact on people and the city. We offer something that was not offered before.” Deb Eirich, senior services coordinator, Peterson Senior Activity Center SENIOR CENTER, PAGE 3C Mary Jane Skala, Kearney Hub Erika Pritchard, Kearney Hub