Senior / 50+ Programs

                               

Improve strength and reduce tension!

Yoga Class

Wii Bowling builds friendships!

Eleven Wii participants seated for a group photo

Did you say BINGO?!

Bingo Wheel with colorful bingo balls
 

The Merriam Parks and Recreation Department has something for everyone. Explore this section and enroll in one of our Senior / 50+ programs or classes. All classes are held at the Merriam Community Center, 6040 Slater Street, unless noted otherwise.  

Fitness Classes

Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program (AFEP)

Keep moving with this low-impact physical activity program proven to reduce pain and decrease stiffness.  This recreational, chair-based exercise class includes range of motion exercises that are suitable for every fitness level and ability.  $3 donation suggested.

Mondays & Wednesdays   ▶   10 - 10:45 a.m. 

Beginner Line Dance Lessons

Line dancing is a choreographed dance with a repeated step sequence. You’ll learn basic patterns and dances so you can join the fun on the dance floor at night clubs, parties, and weddings. Please wear leather sole shoes. No cowboy boots. Instructor: KCBootdancer 

Fridays   ▶   6:30 - 7:30 p.m.   ▶   Register 

Zumba® GOLD

Zumba Gold is a modified Zumba class for active, older adults that recreates the original Zumba moves in a joint-friendly, lower-intensity manner. The class introduces easy-to-follow choreography that focuses on balance, range of motion, and coordination. Instructor: Tobin

Tuesdays    ▶  April  ▶  11:15 a.m. - 12 p.m.   ▶   Register 

Tuesdays    May - August  11:15 a.m. - 12 p.m.   ▶   Register 

 

Martial Arts

Simplified Tai Chi

Relieve stress and improve focus and balance while learning the simplified 24 Tai Chi set.  Instructor: Wood

Mondays & Wednesdays / Saturdays   ▶   7 - 8  p.m. / 10 - 11 a.m.   ▶   Register 

 Tuesdays & Thursdays / Saturdays  ▶   8 - 9 a.m. / 10 - 11 a.m.   ▶   Register 

Saturdays  ▶   10 - 11 a.m.   ▶   Register 

One-on-One Tai Chi Instruction

Get ready for fun, upbeat, and uplifting training while challenging yourself to instill a sense of accomplishment. Instructor: Wood

By appointment call 913-322-5550

 

Pickleball

Pickleball

Part tennis, part badminton, part pingpong, all fun! This easy-to-learn, eye-hand coordination game is growing rapidly in popularity.  With all equipment provided, the only thing you need is a partner and a positive attitude! Maximum of 24 participants in the gym.  Must have a Punch Pass or be a member to play!

Monday, Wednesday, Fridays  ▶ 8 - 11 a.m.▶ $20 for 10 punch pass // $40 for 20 punch pass

 

 

 

 

 

Social Activities

Bingo

Let's all shout "BINGO!" Join us each month for a fun-filled afternoon!  Bring your own snacks and drinks.  Prizes include gift cards and consumables.  Please call 322-5550 to reserve your spot.  Face masks required.  Max 66 people.

1:30 - 3:30 p.m. ▶ $3 

April 8: Spring Fling

May 13: Mother’s Day

June 10: Father’s Day

July 8: Independence Day

August 12: Summertime

Silver Screen Matinee

Bring a friend to a FREE movie in a relaxed environment. We provide a "joke of the day", requests for future flicks are welcomed. (Movies subject to change.) Schedules are available at the front office and highlighted in the bi-monthly "Boomer Buzz" newsletter. Please call 913-322-5550 to reserve your spot.  Masks required.  Max 32 people

Wednesdays   ▶ 1 p.m. ▶ FREE

 

Wii Bowling

If bowling is "right up your alley," this game is for you! Join us and try your hand at Wii bowling. No special shoes or ball required - just a game controller and big screen TV. Whether you're a semi-pro or a newbie, you're sure to have fun. Preregistration and face masks required.  

Fridays   ▶ 10 - 11:30 a.m. ▶ Register 

Johnson County Nutrition Program

This program provides volunteer-delivered hot lunches to homebound older adults.  Pleas call 913-677-2048 for more information.

Merriam 50+ Club

Join your friends and neighbors for food, fun and a weekly program.  New members are always welcome!  For more information contact Teddi Oppenheimer at 913-722-3343.

First and Third Fridays   ▶ 10:30 - Noon ▶ FREE

Boomer Buzz

Bimonthly Newsletter providing listings of special events, programs and classes dedicated tot he 50+ age group.  To be placed on this mailing list, call 913-322-5550. 

 

Swim Lessons

Swim Lessons

Adult lessons are designed to help each participant reach personal goals. Whether you want to be a proficient lap swimmer, learn to float, or acquire water safety skills, instructors will work to ensure your success! Participants must be 13+.

Mondays & Wednesdays    ▶ April Classes  ▶   Register 

Mondays & Wednesdays    ▶  June Classes  ▶   Register 

Mondays & Wednesdays    ▶  July Classes  ▶   Register 

Private and Semi-Private Lessons

Get four, 30-minute lessons tailored just for you.

$85 for private lessons, $75 for semi-private.

Call 913-322-5550 for more information. 

Walking Program

Walking for Health

Walking has numerous health benefits and is an excellent way to begin or enhance your fitness routine.  This program allows you a simple, affordable way to exercise at a pace that fits your level.  This program isn't instructor-led, but if you need guidance on how to begin your walking program staff will gladly provide assistance!

Monday, Wednesday, Fridays  ▶ 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.▶ $12.50 for 20 punch pass

 

Water Fitness

Aqua Interval Fitness 

This class combines cardio and strength training intervals using noodles and dumbbells at varying intensities. Increase stamina, strength, flexibility, and joint range of motion. Appropriate for all fitness levels; ability to swim not necessary. Water shoes or sneakers are encouraged. Instructor: Potts

Tuesdays & Thursdays  ▶   5:30 - 6:30 p.m.   ▶   Register 

Aqua Zumba

Make a splash with this low-impact, high-energy aquatics class with upbeat music. This class uses water to create natural resistance. Instructor: Tobin

Tuesdays    ▶   10 - 10:45 a.m.   ▶   Register 

Deep + Shallow Aerobics

Improve balance and strengthen muscles in this high-intensity, calorie-burning class that tones your body. This class utilizes both shallow and deep water as well as the lazy river. Instructor: Bolton

Mondays & Wednesdays    ▶   11 a.m. - 12 p.m.   ▶   Register 

QiGong

QiGong is a mind, body, and spirit practice that improves one’s mental, physical, and energy health. Students are recommended to bring a yoga mat as this class will be held on the outdoor pool deck. Instructor: Peterson

Sundays    ▶   10 - 10:30 a.m.   ▶   Register 

Warm Water Arthritis Classes

Powered by AdventHealth

This therapeutic class is designed for those experiencing limited joint movement, pain, or reduced strength from arthritis. You’ll be guided through exercises designed to improve joint health and reduce discomfort. All are welcome to attend this six-week class. Class size is limited to ensure physical distancing. Instructor: Stone - AdventHealth

Tuesdays    ▶   11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.   ▶   Register 

Warm Water Therapy

Improve balance, reduce joint stiffness, increase flexibility, and have better overall mobility. This class is held in the therapy pool. Instructor: Bolton

Wednesdays    ▶   12:15  - 1 p.m.   ▶   Register 

Water Aerobics

A moderate- to high-intensity class consisting of cardio and toning to improve cardiovascular endurance and muscle strength. Instructor: Peterson

Saturdays   ▶   7:30 - 8:15 a.m.   ▶   Register 

Water Walking/Therapy Fitness

This class is designed to improve your mobility, stability, and flexibility. Instructor: Peterson

Mondays   ▶   12 - 12:45 p.m.   ▶   Register 

 

Wellness

Paving Your Path to a Healthy Family

Jessica Persson, a certified health coach from the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute, will guide you in incremental, achievable steps toward improving your family’s wellness, focusing on Dr. Sears’ L.E.A.N. Start Program (Lifestyle, Exercise, Attitude, and Nutrition). Learn the basics of macronutrients, traffic light eating, nutrition label reading, and much more. This seven-week course includes six group sessions and one 30-minute, one-on-one strategizing session. Instructor: Persson

Saturdays ▶ May - June ▶ 1 - 2 p.m. ▶ Register 

Saturdays ▶ July - August ▶ 1 - 2 p.m. ▶ Register  

Brain Health Part 1

This is an interactive workshop where participants learn about aging and health, the normal aging brain, threats to brain health, and lifestyle choices to improve brain health. Instructor: Dr. Potts

Saturday, April 10 ▶ 9–11 a.m. ▶ Register 

Saturday, May 15 ▶ 9–11 a.m. ▶ Register 

Pain Relief Workshop

Learn techniques and exercises to release pain and improve mobility, stability, and flexibility for the low back, hip, knee, ankle, and foot. Instructor: Peterson 

Tuesday, April 1 ▶ 12 - 12:45 p.m. ▶ Register 

Tuesday, May 11 ▶ 7:30–8:15 p.m. ▶ Register 

Thursday, June 10 ▶ 7:30–8:15 p.m. ▶ Register 

AdventHealth Lunch & Learn

Presented by the Whole Health Institute at AdventHealth

Join the integrative and lifestyle medicine experts from the Whole Health Institute at AdventHealth for a deep dive into your daily wellness routine through these three interactive and educational programs. Explore new health topics from personalized nutrition to improving your gut health with simple strategies that will support your journey to feeling whole. A nutritious lunch will be provided for all participants.

Call 913-676-7777, option 2 to register.

Nutrition Foundations for Creating a Well-Balanced Plate

Presented by Lisa Markley, RDN, Culinary Medicine Director

This class will get you back to the basics of healthy eating and feeling more confident in your nutrition and food choices. We’ll explore the components of a well-balanced plate, and you’ll come away with several tangible ideas for making eating healthfully more achievable and enjoyable.

Friday, June 11 ▶ 12 - 1 p.m. ▶ Register 

Supplements 101

Presented by Megan Schlick, ND

Although diet optimization and lifestyle changes are higher on the list of importance, supplements can be a piece of the wellness puzzle. Join Dr. Megan Schlick as she discusses common uses for supplements, when supplements might be problematic, and quality and safety concerns.

Tuesday, July 13 ▶ 12 - 1 p.m. ▶ Register 

Weight Loss and Weight Maintenance in the 21st Century

Presented by Tereza Hubkova, MD, Integrative Medicine Physician and Medical Director

According to the CDC, nearly 50% of Americans are trying to lose weight at any given time. That’s not surprising given that 70% of us are overweight and carrying excess body fat. Our genetics have a big impact on our weight and can inform our lifestyle choices. Learn how to determine your optimal weight, how to maintain it, and what can make some people resistant to weight loss. We’ll discuss the role our lifestyle, microbiomes, and circadian rhythm have on our metabolism.

Friday, August 20  ▶ 12 - 1 p.m. ▶ Register 

 

Workshops

Finding Your Roots Genealogy Basics

Like branches on a tree, families grow in all different directions, but their roots remain the same. If you're wondering where in the world your family is from, this workshop is for you! The Johnson County Genealogical Society will help you start exploring your family history and keep you organized during your search. Starter kit included. Please call 913-322-5550 to reserve your spot. Mask required

Tuesday, May 4   ▶  10- 11:30 a.m.  ▶  Free

Essential Oils Make and Take Workshops

Curious how essential oils can support your health at any age? Learn how the highest quality, pure, essential oils are a safe, effective, and inexpensive way to support the immune system, mood, the home, and so much more! Each session offers a different theme. Instructor: Page, RDN

Wednesday, April 14   ▶  7–8 p.m.    Register

Wednesday, May 12   ▶  7–8 p.m.   ▶  Register

Wednesday, June 9   ▶  7–8 p.m.   ▶  Register

Wednesday, July 14   ▶  7–8 p.m.   Register 

Pinot's Palette

Join us for an unforgettable, fun night painting with friends, fun, wine at the Merriam Community Center! All supplies plus wine included. All participants must be 21+ Instructor: Pinot’s Palette

Wednesday, April 14   ▶   6–7:30 p.m.   ▶   Dandelions in Mod   ▶   Register

Adult DIY –Porch Welcome Sign + Wine

Enjoy an evening of crafting and wine! Join us for this class as we make this super fun and easy porch welcome sign! Be sure to bring your friends! All supplies plus wine included. All participants must be 21+. Instructor: Berg

Thursday, March 11   ▶    6-7:30 p.m.   ▶    Register

Hanging Flower Basket Workshop

Merriam Public Works, 6901 Knox St. 

"Flowers are like friends; they bring color to your world."
Merriam's lucky to have beautiful hanging flower baskets along its streets. Now, everyone has the opportunity to make their yard pretty by assembling a smaller version of the basket. All necessary supplies and instruction are provided. Date is subject to change based on flower availability. Results may vary depending on weather conditions and care. Registration required.  Instructor: Merriam Public Works Employees

Saturday, April 17   ▶    8-9 a.m.    ▶   Register  

What's Cluckin' in the Hen House

Merriam Marketplace, 5740 Merriam Drive

Learn about chicken behavior traits, feeding guidelines, local ordinances, coop maintenance and space, health issues for your girls, and more. We'll even taste test grocery store eggs versus homegrown. Registration required. Instructor: Fisher

Wednesday, April 17   ▶    9 - 11 a.m.    ▶   Register

 

Women's Self Defense and Situational Awareness Workshop

The focus of the women’s self-defense class is awareness. However, participants are encouraged to dress comfortably if they want to ask specific questions or participate in self-defense applications. Instructor: Casteneda, Merriam Police Department

Wednesday, April 14   ▶    5:30-7:30 p.m.   ▶    Call 913-322-5550 to Register

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yoga

Chair One

This is a gentle form of practicing yoga postures while sitting or standing, using a chair for support. It is beneficial for anyone as it increases flexibility, improves strength and reduces tension. In addition to the poses, breathing techniques are also part of the practice. All classes end with a short period of deep relaxation. Instructors: Durán, CIYT/ McMillan

Wednesdays & Fridays   ▶   11 - 11:45 a.m.   ▶   Register 

Chair Two

This more advance form of practicing yoga postures also uses a chair for support. All classes end with a short period of deep relaxation. At least six sessions of the Chair One class are required prior to joining this program. Instructor: Durán, CIYT

Tuesdays & Thursdays    ▶   11 - 11:45 a.m.   ▶   Register