Social activities decrease the likelihood of disability and improve everyday functioning, according to research from the Rush University Alzheimer’s Disease Center. This is welcome news for Owasso couple Mike and Sharon Michel, who made the world their oyster after retirement. Gardening and church ministry keep the Michel’s busy.
Additionally, they are faithful members of Silver Elite, a free local senior health program provided by Bailey Medical Center. “We joined about a year ago, and we love the health seminars and fellowship with other people,” Sharon said. Silver Elite members participate in monthly social activities, such as health seminars, bingo and the occasional day trip.
In addition to monthly social activities, Silver Elite members are also considered “VIP” patients if they require inpatient care in any of the Hillcrest family of hospitals. A Silver Elite staff person visits and delivers a plush bathrobe for the hospitalized member. Additionally, the member’s family or visitor receives meal vouchers for use at the hospital cafeteria. Membership is entirely free and open to anyone age 60+.
Although they haven’t needed the free VIP service, the Mike and Sharon enjoy the monthly seminars offered at Bailey Medical Center. Sharon’s favorite was “The Aging Ear” presented by an ENT physician. “I had been having balance issues, and after the seminar I knew why!” She encourages interested seniors in the community to join the free program. “I’ve told everybody at church!” she laughed.
All seniors in the community are invited to the next health seminar on February 13. Cardiologist Dr. Roger Des Prez will present “Protecting Your (Sweet)Heart” at Bailey Medical Center at 8 a.m. Call 918-376-8599 to RSVP. Arrive 30 minutes early for a free breakfast and socializing – it’s good for your health, after all!
If you are interested in joining Silver Elite, call 918-579-6060 (select option 2) or visit SilverElite.org.
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