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New Senior Wellness Center draws a crowd

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An estimated 300 people attended the Aug. 29 ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Senior Wellness Center in Marietta. The new facility also houses the administrative staff for Cobb County Senior Services as well as a fitness studio and a cafe for seniors.

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Local officials, U.S. Congressman David Scott and hundreds of seniors gathered recently to officially open the new Senior Wellness Center at 1150 Powder Springs St., Marietta. It is the first center of its kind in the region and a successful redevelopment effort.

This once-vacant shopping center is now home to the new 42,000 square foot facility, which is LEED certified, and is expected to serve thousands of Cobb seniors. It is also the new location for the Marietta Neighborhood Senior Center for residents age 60 or older.

A majority of construction funding came from federal grants. Fundraising efforts, which included selling commemorative brick pavers and naming rights of the various rooms, paid for furnishings.

The WellStar clinic at the facility will provide free, preventive and chronic healthcare services for eligible, low-income seniors who are uninsured Cobb residents between the ages 55 and 64. The facility also includes a fitness studio, café, teaching kitchen, classrooms, an art studio, banquet hall and conference room with state-of-the-art multimedia and teleconferencing features.

Classes will include yoga, Pilates, Zumba, exercising with stability balls, chair exercise, stretching, Tai Chi, self defense, strength training, aerobics, ballroom dance, Latin dance, line dance, square dance, ballet, tap, folk dance, belly dancing, jazz and sculpting with clay. Registration for fall classes begins the week of Sept. 17 and classes begin the week of Oct. 15. All classes are fee-based. Additional information is available on cobbseniors.org.