The Art Xpress program (above) and regular yoga sessions (below) are among the activities for seniors presented by The Wesleyan Cafe. The public is invited to learn more on June 29, when the resource hub moves into its new base of operations at Red Bank’s historic Reckless Estate.
According to a statistic reported by the U.S. Census Bureau, some 11.3 million Americans — almost 30 percent of them aged 65 and older — live alone. Now more than ever, the nation’s graying population needs opportunities for essential social interaction, physical exercise, meeting new friends, and lifelong learning.
Last spring, United Methodist Communities at The Wesleyan, a senior housing community located at 9 Wall Street in Red Bank, opened The Wesleyan Café, a resource hub for the area’s older adults. To meet its increasing popularity and to further increase access, The Wesleyan Café will relocate to the Reckless Estate at 164 Broad Street (the historic Red Bank Woman’s Club building) in the heart of downtown Red Bank. The public is invited to the opening on Wednesday, June 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
United Methodist Communities has funded this initiative as part of Home and Community Based Services, and the overall non-profit mission. Seniors can take advantage of various programs. While these vary from week to week, a sampling includes wellness-focused events, technology education, TED talks, information about senior resources and supports, exercise, dance, yoga, creative writing, games, art and more. Most services and classes are offered either free of charge or for a nominal fee.
“As a leader in senior services, United Methodist Communities is well-positioned for senior outreach,” observed Vice President of Housing and Community Initiatives Cindy Jacques. “The relocation helps fulfill the goal of increasing services beyond our walls.”
While The Wesleyan Café maintains a casual drop-in format with minimal structure, seniors may do as much or as little as they prefer. Family members can attend and inquire about resources and senior services, and occupy themselves while their loved ones are engaged in the activities, giving caregivers a break.
For more information about United Methodist Communities at The Wesleyan and The Wesleyan Café, visit UMCommunities.org or call (732)936-0760.