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Thursday, March 30, 2023

Senior Voices – What to do?


I hope all of you, especially seniors, are being sensible about avoiding contracting the virus— and, more importantly, not infecting others. My kids have mandated that I stay quarantined. I live alone, and no one comes in. I am blessed with neighbors that leave groceries and food for me outside my door. And I have not been bored once.

When the kids were little and would say “I’m bored.”

I would answer, “Only boring people get bored!”

So here are some ideas for you.

Since we can’t go to our beloved Thursday night concerts in Central Park, you can turn on our Channel 17 at the regular concert time, 7PM on Thursdays, and listen to some of their past concerts. Granted, you are indoors, but still they’re very nice concerts.

If you want to go outside, Rotary Hill is nature’s perfect location for fresh air, music and distancing. City Carilloneur Timothy Sleep performs on at 7PM Saturdays. Take your blanket, any snacks, and enjoy the music. Also, at 4PM on Sunday afternoons, our local carilloneurs perform.

Our library has some great instructional videos on how to do crafts online at www.naperville-lib-org. I liked the one on how to personalize coffee mugs. Another was how to make homemade pasta sauce. Plus, you’ll find other interesting things to do. Check it out online.

If you want to do some exercising, you can go to your computer and bring up what the park district offers. They have classes that you can enroll in for a small fee, and some at no charge.

Channel 17 has some exercise programs that have no fee. I personally found them more like Jazzercise.

I want you to know I personally tested all three of these exercise programs you can watch for free on your TV. I also huffed and puffed along!

1.  20 Min Exercise for Seniors

This is low intensity work out with two trainers, one sitting and one standing, both doing the same exercise. So take your choice. I liked this. Whatever happened to Jack LaLanne and Richard Simmons? Well, low and behold, here they are! If when you click on these and you get a commercial at the beginning, just click it off.

2. An original episode of the Jack LaLanne show is about 25 minutes, featuring low impact body toning exercises. 

It’s just fun to watch as he tells how to get rid of hangovers! He’s got a body you men will covet.

3. 13 minutes of Richard Simmons. And this is fun. He really gets you moving, with music. It may be short, but you are moving the entire time.

Chuckle Time: People keep asking, “Is COVID19 really that serious?” Both casinos and churches are closed. When heaven and hell agree on the same thing, it has to be pretty serious.

Bev Patterson Frier
Bev Patterson Frierhttp://napervill.il.us
Bev Patterson Frier was co-founder of the Senior Task Force with Karen Courney. Their efforts led to RAN, Ride Assist Naperville. Bev hails from Anderson, Ind., but the dedicated arts enthusiast boasts that Naperville is her family.