WADSWORTH: The Soprema Senior Center and Cafe, a new state-of-the-art facility, opened Monday, replacing the 80-year-old building on 138 High Street, which housed the Wadsworth Center for Older Adults for nearly four decades.
Director Nancy Likens said there was a “steady stream” of new visitors, seniors and those who had participated in the programs at the former site that came through to tour the new building.
The Center will include a café staffed by students from Windfall Industries. A limited menu will be offered, with a more extensive menu to come soon.
Those who come to the Center will be able to use the one-eighth of a mile walking track, which is part of the new fitness center administered by the YMCA. Seniors who are eligible for the Silver Sneakers program can use the entire fitness center facility, including the pools.
The Soprema Center offered cards, games and blood pressure checks on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the Center will offer arthritis exercise and Tai Chi practice. Thursday’s agenda will provide card lessons, Alzheimer’s Support Group and bridge. On Friday, seniors can participate in bingo, a blood pressure check and senior theater.
Administrative Assistant Sheri Galat said 84 people signed membership forms on Monday. Even though membership is free, the center is asking those who attend the programs to fill out a membership form. The form asks for information including emergency contacts.
At the center, seniors can also make an appointment for help with filing income taxes. Galat said nearly 200 have made appointments.
The new Center, located at 617 School Drive, is part of a community that houses the YMCA-administered fitness center, a branch of Summa Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital and Wadsworth Community Television, which is housed at the community center
For more information on programs or to sign up for income tax help, call 330-335-1513.