The new ProHealth Senior Breakfast Club has become so popular that it has moved to Tuscan Hall, the former VFW post at 409 Delafield Street in Waukesha.
The Senior Breakfast Club, a series of free monthly meetings, was launched this summer to engage seniors in health and wellness while providing an important social outlet.
“We come for what we learn,” said Carol Barwick of Oconomowoc, who regularly attends with her husband, Ron. “The speakers share so much knowledge.”
Ron Barwick said he also enjoys meeting the others who attend. “When you sit among a group of people, you discuss and share information,” he said. “Some people are more comfortable bringing up health care in a group where they can say, ‘I know someone who experienced this.’ ”
The Barwicks are proactive about their health and health care, and said they have acted on information that they have received at Senior Breakfast Club meetings and from ProHealth materials. They have had health care screenings, received contact information for health care providers and called club speakers to ask additional questions. Ron Barwick even called a speaker from the Waukesha Police Department and thanked the officer for his service to the community.
“The senior population has to be made aware of new health care methods and resources,” Carol Barwick said. “The meetings bring up a lot of things you didn’t know. People ask questions and the answers are shared with everyone, or you can wait and talk to the speaker afterward. I wish more people would realize what’s here.”
Maria Hill, vice president of care management and post-acute care at ProHealth Care, said attendance at Senior Breakfast Club has been greater than anticipated.
“We’re really pleased that Waukesha County seniors see value in these meetings,” Hill said. “It’s vital for seniors to stay up to date on health care and to know where to turn for assistance.”
Hill noted that with as many as 60 people attending each program, seniors are achieving another primary goal: Enhancing their social lives. “Keeping up with friends and acquaintances and staying active are proven ways to live longer and happier lives,” she said.
ProHealth Care also learns from the seniors, who share their experiences, expectations and preferences with ProHealth staff, Hill said.
All area residents 60 and older are invited to participate in the ProHealth Senior Breakfast Club. Meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month. A light breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m. The educational program runs from 9 to 10 a.m. Advance registration is required at ProHealthCare.org/Classes or by calling 262-928-2745.
On Nov. 17 at Tuscan Hall, the Senior Breakfast Club topic will be “Healthy Holiday Eating.” With the holidays right around the corner, a ProHealth Care dietitian will provide information on how to eat healthy during the busy holiday season.
On Dec. 15 at Tuscan Hall, the program will be “Effective Techniques for Enhancing Brain Fitness.” Participants will learn cognitive exercises to include in their daily routines to stimulate both sides of the brain and boost memory.
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