Promoting a Healthy, Active & Independent Lifestyle for Mature Adults

The following organization exists to inspire mature adults face the challenges of health and aging in the Mobile, AL area:

VIA Health, Fitness and Enrichment Center is a one-of-a-kind, comprehensive community care center for mature adults.  The mission of VIA is to offer to its participants a collection of wellness programs, family and individual support services, and bevies of solutions to make the aging process go as smoothly as possible. They are advocates for mature adults, but also care a great deal about improving the lives of all community members in the GBasketball2reater Mobile area. To serve their cause, VIA provides to its members and nonmembers services in the areas of fitness, recreation & enrichment, health & wellness, outreach, and respite care.

Fitness - Mature adults are not exempt from the benefits of exercise. Many studies have confirmed that regular exercise can help stimulate your adrenal system, regulate blood sugar, and improve your quality of sleep. VIA boasts a state-of-the art fitness center and gymnasium with aerobics rooms and Pickle-ball, Badminton and Basketball courts.  Certified instructors lead a variety of classes in Tai Chi, Pilates, yoga, weightlifting and endurance training.

Recreation and Enrichment – VIA offers a variety of leisure programs that encourage socialization. These include card games, bingo, billiards, dancing, woodshop and many other special events.  With a campus housing a computer lab, card rooms, woodshop, ceramics and art studios, a billiards room and an auditorium with stage, there’s more than enough space to enjoy your activity of choice.

It is important for people at any age to socialize and have fun, but on the other side of that coin, it is also important to enrich the mind. To keep participant’s minds sharp, VIA offers computer training classes, foreign language classes, dance instruction, classes in art and ceramics, instruction in card games (Canasta, Bridge, Poker, etc.), and craft and sewing workshops.

Many of these recreation and enrichment activities are free to VIA members, but all are open to the public for a small fee. New classes and recreational opportunities are always being offered, so please check out VIA’s monthly calendar for a weekly schedule and upcoming events.

Health & Wellness – VIA strives to provide the community with healthy living information and education. With that being said, they routinely offer Health & Wellness screenings where blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol are monitored. Other screenings are held throughout the year and include eye exams, hearing tests, skin screenings, and bone and joint health.

Throughout the year, local health experts come speak at VIA for seminars and educational opportunities. Past topics have included skin cancer, dementia, diabetes, eye care, arthritis and nutrition. Area health organizations also provide yearly flu shot and pneumonia vaccine clinics.

Outreach – Mobile is such a tight-knit and generous community.  VIA exemplifies these characteristics by offering outreach programs. They offer information and referral services in house to people needing support from community assistance groups. In addition to operating an emergency food pantry, VIA houses a restaurant, Dauphin Street CafĂ©, which offers nutritious and low-cost, hot meals.

VIA’s Home Care program provides one hour of light housekeeping and social support per week to homebound older adults and adults with disabilities. This program is free to those who particHappy Senior Couple Relaxing in Parkipate, but a small donation is appreciated. VIA also provides emergency financial assistance, hurricane preparedness materials, and utility assistance when funds are available.  Keeping in line with their commitment to health and wellness, VIA offers health and fitness programs to local subsidized housing communities.

Respite Care – VIA’s program, GrandFriends, combines structured, supervised activities with a safe, affordable and comfortable environment for elderly adults with dementia or special physical needs. The program is available 7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Breakfast, a hot lunch and an afternoon snack are provided daily.

The program is dedicated to providing care-givers with much needed respite. Family members and friends are able to continue their daily routines knowing that their loved one is in a caring environment that fosters safety and activity.

For more information about VIA Health, Fitness and Enrichment Center, call (251) 478-3311 or visit http://www.viamobile.org/.

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