Mount Pleasant Senior Center keeps up with the times

(Source: Scott Garrand/WCIV)

By Stacy

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) -- With a growing senior population, the Mount Pleasant Senior Center is trying to appeal to three different generations -- and that means giving them every way to have an active community.

From pedaling on the bike, to deep breaths on the strength machines, to the calm of tai chi, the Senior Center could be compared to any normal health club.

"I just feel good," member Alice Myers said.

"Mount Pleasant, first of all, has a very recreation-oriented community and then, second of all, as Baby Boomers are aging, a lot of them have exercise routines," said Gary Jester, senior coordinator for the town of Mount Pleasant.

But for Shirley Slaymaker, the center is more a social club, rather than health club.

"You've always got something to do here," she said.

We caught her skipping out on a "golden chair" exercise class to instead enjoy a game of dominoes.

Slaymaker moved to Mount Pleasant from Iowa when she retired six years ago. Soon after, she joined the Senior Center. It gave her a life.

"The 'lunch bunch' -- we eat out every other Tuesday. And then on Wednesdays I have triangle dominoes. And then on Thursdays I do bingo again at 1 p.m.," Slaymaker said.

"People who move to Mount Pleasant maybe don't have family. This is a place to come where they can meet people their own age," Jester said.

Annual membership at the Senior Center costs $100 for Charleston County residents and $200 non-county residents.

It has around 1,900 members.

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