PALMER — The Mat-Su Regional Medical Center offers a free program to seniors ages 50 and older called Senior Circle. This educational program meets monthly covering a wide variety of health and wellness topics.
MSRMC Director of Marketing and Public Relations Alan Craft said this service is “vital” for local seniors.
“As you age, you tend to use more health related services. It’s a natural progression of life,” Craft said.
Craft said that community education is one of the hospital’s core principals and mandates and this series reflects that. He said that it goes beyond health education and covers a lot of ground with wellness tips and tricks- even social topics like preventing senior fraud.
“Our members are very active. We have tremendous participation,” Craft said.
Each month, MSRMC holds an educational luncheon for the Senior Circle that features a variety of healthcare specialists and other types of speakers. Participating seniors are encouraged to peruse their favorite areas of interest while trying out new hobbies and interests and meeting new people. Craft said this is an excellent place for seniors to, “break bread and form community together.”
Senior Circle Advisor and Health Events Advisor Deena Straub said that about five years ago the average number of attendees has grown from about 55 people to about 77 to 80 people. She said they’ve had more than 90 people attend over the last year, and there is currently over 500 members signed up to the Senior Circle program.
“It has just skyrocketed. It’s in the stratosphere,” Craft said.
This program used to be part of a national program but as of Dec. 31, 2017, the hospital adopted its own program, according to their website. Craft said that members also have access to discounts from local businesses and organizations.
“For example, if you’re a senior circle member, you get a reduced membership fee or percentage off at MTA,” Craft said.
For more in information about the Senior Circle program, call 907-861-6000 or see matsuregional.com/senior-circle-program
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