Senior Center begins slow re-opening

Lebanon Senior Center is slowly re-opening, following the state’s approval of Linn County’s entry into Phase 2 of the recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

We are thrilled to be in Phase 2, but will be cautious with re-opening since seniors are in a higher risk category and can develop more severe symptoms if they were to get the virus,” said Kindra Oliver, Senior Services director. “We thank you for your patience as we continue to monitor the current situation and slowly add programming back in a responsible manner.”

As of Thursday, June 11, the center is offering one-on-one services, by appointment, which include foot care and reflexology, tech time, and more. Cleaning protocols will be in place, and participants will follow social distancing guidelines. The Senior Center will provide masks for those who don’t have them.

Starting the week of July 6, the Senior Center will offer some outdoor exercise classes and other small groups, with a maximum of 10 participants per class. A detailed schedule will be made available.

The Senior Center has been offering offering classes, groups and activities through Zoom, YouTube and Facebook over the past two months, she said, and will continue to do so. Seniors wishing to participate can get help by contacting the Senior Center.

The Senior Center will continue to be locked and only opened for the limited classes and groups scheduled. Senior Center staff are available by phone from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Also, the center will continue to offer grocery and prescription pick-ups for seniors and those whose immune systems are compromised. It is also continuing with its Friendship Phone Brigade, reaching out to seniors in the community, by phone, once or twice a week to chat and check in.

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