The Jackson County Senior Center is a great place for community senior’s to get out, get active, and make friends. The Jackson County Senior Center is located at 400 N. Pecan Street in Newport. According to the Unity Health Facebook page, the center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The Center includes a game room and community room, as well as daily activities including bingo, move with balance, and much more. Research shows that Elderly activities with a social focus are crucial to overall wellness, especially for the maintenance of a meaningful and satisfying life. Without consistent social interaction, seniors can experience a variety of distressing conditions, including debilitating loneliness, depression, and an increased risk of dementia. In addition, when seniors consistently engage in social activities, they experience significant improvements in physical, mental, and emotional health outcomes. Much of this improvement results from the ability to maintain healthy relationships and a continued sense of being part of society, according to americanorchard.org.

Breakfast is available Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 8 a.m., with lunch served daily at 11:00 a.m. Home-delivered meals are also available to qualifying clients. To learn more, call the Senior Center at (870) 217-0456.

The Jackson County Senior Center is part of a larger goal to focus on seniors and their well-being. According to the website, the Senior Care program at Unity Health - Harris Medical Center addresses the emotional and behavioral health needs of adults over the age of 55. Through a combination of therapies, education and wellness programs, senior care assists older adults in redeveloping the skills necessary to help them cope with any problems that may come as a result of the aging process. Each person entering the senior care program has his or her own unique set of circumstances, which is why each treatment is tailored to the individual. Some of the therapies and activities include continued care planning, dietary consults, family therapy, free depression screenings, group therapy, individual therapy and activity therapy.