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The Parks & Recreation Department offers an impressive range of programs and activities for the 50-plus crowd. Our active Senior Center is respected in the region for its innovative and comprehensive programming.

The Senior Center has a proactive UA Senior Association, led by the Senior Advisory Council, which is comprised of 12 members. Annual membership in the UA Senior Association is $15 for residents and $20 for non-residents. Funds are used to purchase fitness equipment, tables, chairs, newsletters, landscaping, computers, sound systems and large screen televisions for the center. Annual dues are payable January 1 to the Senior Association. Membership benefits include the monthly newsletter, The Sentinel, which provides you with monthly updates and the latest Senior Association News. You also receive, directly, by mail, the three-time-yearly Activity Guide publication providing the comprehensive programs and services offered through Upper Arlington Parks and Recreation Department.

Our classes, programs, fitness room, etc. are set up a la carte style so you only register and pay for the programs that interest you.

Balance Practice At Senior Center
Balance Practice At Senior Center
Table Tennis At Senior Center
Oreo Party At Senior Center
Senor Center Luncheon
Sandwich Stroll (courtesy-of-focusua)
Luncheon At Senior Center
Kayaking Group With Senior Center
Studio 55
Richard Bloom-Senior Center
Courtyard Senior Center
Volleyball
Courtyard Senior Center
Kayaking On Scioto Senior Center
Spring Courtyard
Arts And Crafts
PARKS & REC NEWS
PARKS & REC EVENTS

SENIOR CENTER CALENDAR

The Senior Center is closed until further notice.

To read the City’s Coronavirus Awareness & Preparedness news  click here.

The following virtual calendar is a schedule of upcoming classes for those age 50+. Feel free to review our program schedule and register online using the provided link with each activity listed. Most of our virtual class offerings will be provided through Zoom. If you are not familiar with Zoom, please take time to watch the YouTube video on this page as an introduction. We think you will find it to be helpful. If this calendar does not load, you can view it on Google calendar.

50+ PROGRAMMING

Senior Center Winter Weather Policy: When the Upper Arlington Schools are closed due to inclement weather, the Upper Arlington Senior Center is closed until noon. Lunch and morning activities are cancelled. This policy is for the safety of our patrons, allowing for the clearance of snow and salting of parking lots and sidewalks.

Arts and Crafts

Creativity comes easier to some more than others, so we have programs that are led by an instructor for step-by-step instruction. Or you can let your creative juices flow in some of our open studios, like woodcarving, stained glass or our handicrafters.

Computers and Technology

Master that new piece of equipment you just purchased or may have received as a gift. iPhone, iPad, Mac and Windows 10 classes are offered throughout the year. We also highlight Microsoft Word and Excel, Facebook, Pinterest and photo book classes and more.

Book Club

Our discussion groups are a great place to start if you don’t know where to begin. These programs are volunteer led and cover current events, books, armchair travel, investment discussion, lunch buddies and a movie club. Browse the Calendar for discussions, dates and times.

Education

Meet new friends and exercise the brain with these enrichment opportunities. We are history lovers and enjoy a variety of subjects in our weekly history series. Become skilled with a new language or just brush up on what you already know. Enjoy a sampling of French food, get your questions answered about social security and Medicare and more.

Fitness

We offer a variety of fitness programs as drop-in classes or four-six week sessions along with personal training sessions, yoga and tai chi. If you have the SilverSneakers® benefit through your Medicare supplemental or advantage plan insurance, you can enjoy many of the programs offered at no charge to you or at a discounted price.

Health and Wellness

Discover how to improve your health by learning about and living with good nutrition. Join us for a monthly health topic accompanied by a walk in the park. Sign up for podiatry, a massage, reiki treatment, a reflexology session or the hearing clinic.

Music and Dance

Not only do our dance classes keep your feet moving, but they keep your mind on its toes too! Try out ballroom, tap, line dance and Zumba Gold®. Uncover a talent you didn’t know you had!

Special Events

Our special events are a great way to socialize and meet new people. We have luncheons with live entertainment, bingo and so much more.

Sports

Just because you’re getting older doesn’t mean you have to stop playing. We have softball, golf, pickleball, kayaking events, volleyball, chair volleyball, billiards, table tennis and bocce. Play one or play all!

Chairs on Lake

We do all the travel planning for you so you can sit back, relax and enjoy the ride. Both day and overnight trips are offered. We feature exciting destinations from the well-known to the little-known surprising spots far and wide. Stay in the US or venture out a little further.

SENIOR CENTER AMENITIES

  • Chairs and Tables
  • Instructional Computer Lab
  • Electricity
  • Fitness Room
  • Lunchroom
  • Handicap Accessible
  • Parking: 82 + 9 Handicap
  • Rest Rooms: Year-round
  • Square Feet: 13,600
  • Temperature Control
  • Water
  • Wifi

CAFÉ UA

Cafe UA

Café UA is our lunchroom, operated by member volunteers, that is open Monday-Friday from 11 am-12:30 pm. Join your friends at Café UA for good company and a moderately priced meal.

STUDIO 55

Studio55

Improve your health and wellbeing at Studio 55. Featuring an 1,800 square foot gym with treadmills, stationary and recumbent bicycles, elliptical machines, rowing machines and Nu-Step recumbent cross trainers to improve stamina, muscle strength range of motion and your cardiovascular system. Studio 55 is monitored by staff during open hours:

  • Monday-Friday 8 am-3 pm
  • Monday-Thursday 5-8 pm
  • Friday 5-7 pm
  • Saturday 8 am-Noon

COLLABORATIVE SERVICES

FILE OF LIFE

File of Life is a pouch containing medical and emergency information that sticks to a refrigerator and is available for Fire and EMS personnel in case of emergency.

I AM FINE

I Am Fine is a free daily telephone check-in program for any Upper Arlington resident. A computerized call time is set by the resident, that if not answered will be forwarded to the Upper Arlington Police Division to check on the resident’s well-being.

KNOX BOX

Knox Box is a secure box mounted on the outside of your home that holds your house key. The Knox Box is only accessible by the Upper Arlington Fire Division to use in case of emergency to access your home.

DRUG DROP BOX

The Drug Drop Box is located at the Upper Arlington Municipal Services Center – Police Division window. Unused or expired medications should be emptied into a plastic bag for placing in the disposal box (no liquids, creams or aerosols).

CARES

CARES—Community Assistance, Referrals and Education Services. CARES focuses on education, injury prevention and building community partnerships to help improve residents lives. CARES is a paramedicine program that provides community-based healthcare, with our paramedics functioning outside their customary emergency response roles to educate and assist residents in health care issues, and developing useful collaborations with area providers.

SENIOR RESOURCES

Program/ServicePhoneWebsiteDescription
ALERT Franklin Countyalertfranklincounty.orgALERT Franklin County is a state-of-the-art mass notification and warning system used to warn residents about emergencies and other important community news in jurisdictions throughout Franklin County.
Caregiver Assistance614-457-7876www.syntero.orgSyntero offers case management, caregiver support, mental health counseling and volunteer programs to assist seniors in UA.
Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging1-800-589-7277www.coaaa.orgThey plan, fund and develop services that make our communities places where individuals can live with independence and dignity.
Disability Rights Ohio614-446-7264www.disabilityrightsohio.orgDisability Rights Ohio provides legal advocacy and addresses issues of abuse, neglect, housing, employment and voting rights.
Franklin County Senior Options614-525-6200www.officeonaging.orgProvides case management and community-based services including transportation, meal delivery, home care and homemaker services on a sliding fee scale.
Medicare Help614-407-5748www.uacoa.comOhio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP) volunteers provide fee, unbiased information about Medicare supplements, advantage plans and drug plans.
Ohio Attorney General Office 614-446-4986www.ohioattorneygeneral.govThe Elder Justice Unit helps protect our state's older adults and enhance elder abuse victims' access to vital criminal justice services.
Ohio Department of Aging1-800-266-4346aging.ohio.govDepartment of Aging serves as the sole state agency of Ohio's elders. They deliver practical, person-centered strategies and services to strengthen and support Ohio's elders and their communities.
Ohio Department of Health - Division of Quality Assurance1-800-699-3534www.odh.ohio.govOhio Department of Health investigates complaints involving home care agencies, hospitals, hospice agencies, nursing facilities and any other health-related services under federal and sat
Ohio Department of Job and Family Services1-855-644-6277//jfs.ohio.govCounty Departments of Job and Family Services provide Adult Protective Services to the elderly who are in danger of harm, unable to protect themselves, and/or have no one else to assist them.
Resource Directory614-583-5326www.uacoa.comA comprehensive guide to senior services including transportation, home health care, retirement housing and more.
Senior Living.org1-877-427-4318www.seniorliving.org/research/National organization offering resources, tools and tips for senior living.
Services for Our Seniors614-583-5326www.uacoa.comOn the second Saturday of each month (April-November) volunteers assist seniors with yardwork and garden maintenance.
Snow Angels614-583-SNOW (7669)www.uacoa.comSeniors are paired with a volunteer neighbor during the winter season for help with snow removal.
UA Commission on Aging614-583-5326www.uacoa.comLocated in the UA Senior Center and offers information, advocacy and support to UA seniors and their families.
Revised: 10/11/19

SENTINEL NEWSLETTER

Sentinel eNews

How to Register:

1. Click the “Sentinel” image above
2. Enter your email address and check the box next to “Sentinel eNews”, “City iNSIGHT eNews”, “Activity Link” and/or “Arts Link”
3. You’re finished! You can now enjoy regular updates from the Senior Center or City

Sentinel eNewsletter Archives

CURRENT NEWSLETTER & CALENDARS

Current and back issues of Sentinel printed newsletter can be accessed via the Archives Portal – Newsletter search type.

FAQs

Senior Center (6)

No, we are open to residents and non-residents.

Category: Senior Center

Most programs have a registration deadline, unless otherwise stated. The Activity Guide is your best resource for that information. Payment is due at the time of registration.

Category: Senior Center

You must be a member of the UA Senior Association and then choose the payment option that best fits your needs. Please stop by the front desk in Building 3 Monday-Friday between 8 am-4 pm to join and register.

Fees:
$28/month
$240/year
$70/non-expiring visits

Category: Senior Center

Annual membership to the Upper Arlington Senior Association is $15 for a resident and $20 for a non-resident. Annual dues are payable January 1 to the Senior Association.

Membership benefits include the monthly newsletter, The Sentinel, which provides you with monthly updates and the latest Senior Association news. You also receive the three-time-yearly Activity Guide publication providing a comprehensive program and services listing offered through Upper Arlington Parks & Recreation Department. All other items (classes, programs, fitness room, etc.) are set up a-la-carte style so you only register and pay for the programs that interest you.

Category: Senior Center

50 years and older; however, if you are younger and would like to join we are happy to have you.

Category: Senior Center

Lunch is available daily, Monday-Friday from 11 am-12:30 pm. Volunteers prepare soup and sandwiches. Daily offerings include soups, chicken salad, tuna salad, hot dogs, brats and various beverages. Café UA is closed on Special Event Tuesdays.

Category: Senior Center

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CONTACT PARKS & RECREATION

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The City also offers a convenient means for residents to report issues such as potholes, broken streetlights, property maintenance issues and parks damage through our UA Click2Fix smartphone app, available from AppleApp or GooglePlay.

PLEASE NOTE: This is not an emergency reporting system. Requests are addressed during regular work hours of 8 am-5 pm, Monday-Friday. If you need to report an emergency situation, please call 9-1-1.

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