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GEMS of Bucks announces Summer Program

Local older adults can learn about history, try a yoga class and more

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GEMS of Bucks, an organization that provides lifelong learning opportunities that inspire engagement and connectedness among older adults, announced its Summer Program. The diverse range of offerings includes courses in art, music, literature, history, politics, religion, wellness, exercise and more. Community building through learning and experience, with a focus on mind and body health, is the goal.

Registration is now open for the program, which begins the week of June 12. On Thursday mornings, at 10 a.m., there’s a course on History’s Mysteries on historical myths and legends, featuring speaker Herb Kaufman. Ginger Solomon, yoga teacher and founder of Blossom Yoga & Ayurveda, joins to teach a gentle style yoga geared toward older adults at 11:15 a.m. on Thursdays. Beginners and those with chronic health issues are encouraged to attend. Modifications are done throughout the class to help attendees with reduced levels of fitness, strength, mobility and flexibility.

GEMS of Bucks is also adding Tuesday morning walks at Tyler State Park. The group meets at the same location each week to walk, get fresh air, and learn from a ranger about flora and fauna, ecological issues, and conservation and recreation projects.

GEMS executive director Moriah SimonHazani calls the organization a “hidden gem” for older adult programming. To give GEMS an opportunity to grow and diversify its programming, it’s looking for a change and will be joining forces with Kaiserman JCC. “We want to develop a holistic place for older adults and serve them culturally, intellectually and socially,” said SimonHazani.

Greta Wrigley, program manager of Bucks County, characterizes GEMS as “having a unique approach that fosters community, learning and socialization.” She added, “GEMS of Bucks creates a sense of community identity and shared purpose. Members come back again and again for more.”

“GEMS classes are one of the most enjoyable and inspiring things I do,” said GEMS member Mindy Eisenthal. “The topics to choose from are varied and interesting. The presenters are excellent and incredibly knowledgeable. Whether in-person or on Zoom, these opportunities are priceless.”

“I always look forward to the days when I attend a GEMS program,” said member Margie Abramson. “What could be better than learning together, socializing and finding out information that I might not have known before attending the class? It’s a win-win situation.”

Another member, Kathy Young, added, “An extra bonus for me is the new friendships I have acquired.”

GEMS of Bucks offers classes and events throughout Bucks County, including Richboro, Newtown and Yardley. Learn more at goldenslippergems.org/bucks-county/. For more information, contact Wrigley at gwrigley@goldenslipper.org or 267-984-0722.

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