Having an active lifestyle is something we all strive to do. For some of us, obligations to our jobs and our families often take up the majority of our time, leaving precious little for being socially or physically active. We strive to make the most of the time that we do have, but there never seems to be enough to go around.
Seniors are presented with a different set of challenges when it comes to maintaining an active lifestyle. Many times seniors find themselves isolated from their family and friends due to circumstances beyond their control. They are likely suffering from limited mobility due to injury or illness and in many cases are unable to drive themselves places, which adds to the loneliness factor.
For seniors living in The Woodlands, TX area, the Montgomery County Committee on Aging (MCCOA), has established a program that is dedicated to meeting the physical, emotional, and social needs of seniors aged 60 and older. Services under this program are dispersed through The Friendship Center in The Woodlands.
The Friendship Center is a non-profit organization that has been meeting the needs of seniors for over thirty years. The center offers a variety of programs designed to enrich the lives of the elderly sector of the community. The programs that are offered through The Friendship Center range from arts and crafts to field trips to lectures from motivational speakers. The center hosts a wide variety of events throughout the year that coincide with holidays and various other times of the year. Some of the recent and upcoming events at The Friendship Center are dances, field trips to sporting events, a ‘senior’ prom, and an outing to a nearby casino. The Friendship Center also provides a noonday meal for all of the participants. The center adheres to strict nutritional guidelines as set forth by the Agency on Aging. Meals are provided daily to over 600 participants in the surrounding areas. These communal meals provide seniors with the opportunity to socialize with their peers as well as being forms of entertainment and companionship, which are some of the most common things that seniors often lack in their lives.
The best part about The Friendship Center is that transportation to and from the center for participation events is provided to the seniors, free of charge. The center operates a fleet of 29 handicapped accessible vans and buses that provide this service. In addition to transportation to and from the center, transportation is also provided for essential needs travel such as running errands, doctor appointments, and other personal business outings.
Friendship Center – The Woodlands
2235 Lake Robbins Drive
The Woodlands, Texas 77380