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WHEELING – Oglebay Institute announced a new program that gives seniors the opportunity to try new activities, get healthier, learn new things and become more creative, while engaging with peers and making new friends.

The Full Life Arts & Wellness program includes workshops in fitness/balance, drama, storytelling, visual arts, assistive technology and health education. It meets once a week for eight weeks at the Stifel Fine Arts Center in Wheeling.

Harder, a senior fitness specialist and therapeutic recreation specialist, has over 30 years of experience working with seniors.

The Full Life Arts and Wellness program begins Tuesday, March 22. Two hours of classes are available – Tuesdays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. or Fridays from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Description of the workshops:


Cardio Drumming: Combine drumsticks, an exercise ball and upbeat music for one of the most fun workouts you’ll ever do.

Strength and Balance: Reduce your risk of falling with easy-to-learn exercises you can continue at home.


Improvisation: Challenge your wit and quick thinking and get ready to laugh as you learn basic improv drama games.


When I Was Your Age: Team up with multiple school-aged children to tell the story of your life when you were their age. Your stories will be recorded in writing or in pictures by the young person, creating a wonderful memory book to keep.

visual art

Paint and Sip: Try your hand at guided acrylic painting while sipping coffee, tea or hot chocolate. No painting experience required!

Technological help

Brave the Basics: Bring your devices and your questions to this workshop! A little troubleshooting, a few safety tips, and plenty of resources to help you use the technology for you.

health education

Home Safety: Discover the hidden dangers lurking in your home and discover the changes you can make to prevent injuries.

Basic nutrition: Have your nutritional needs changed with age? Learn a variety of facts and tips for healthy eating in this informative workshop.

Harder said the atmosphere was relaxed and everyone was encouraged to participate on their own level.

“We are all good at different things, so I anticipate that we will be able to help each other in different ways as the workshops and activities change from week to week,” she said.

For those who may be worried about trying something new or going to a new place where they may not know anyone, Harder said, “You only live once; you can do just about anything for about an hour, and we won’t be a bunch of strangers for long!”

There is a cost for the eight-week program and Oglebay Institute members receive a discount. Transportation and/or financial assistance may be available as needed. Call 304-242-4200 for more information.

This program is funded by a grant from the River Valley Health Foundation.

Participants can register at or call 304-242-7700.

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