Senior Program Updates - Fall 2021

 

AARC is offering limited wellness classes at the facility and virtual classes. Please view Modified Facility Operations Guidelines for more information. Guidelines are subject to change based on participant compliance and City of Austin COVID-19 policies. 

  • On-site classes will have limited capacity of 10 people per class and 2 week pre-registration required.   

  • On-site ping pong will have limited capacity of 4 people per session, 2 week pre-registration required.  

  • No limitations to virtual class attendance  

  • Pre-registration is required for all activities, no drop-ins allowed 

  • Most volunteer instructors will not be onsite and teach virtually. AARC staff will project the Zoom class onto the screen in our ballroom where participants can follow along.  

  • Face masks are required, social distancing, temperature check, and health screening questions are adhered when on-site at AARC. 

 

Wellness Activity Schedule 

Disclaimer:  Physical activity may create the risk of unanticipated injuries. Please seek the advice of your doctor before beginning any new physical activity. 

To pre-register, email us at AARC@austintexas.gov or contact us at 512-974-1700 for more information.   

Time  

Activity  

Location  

Mondays, 9:30 a.m. -10:30 a.m.  

Tai Chi with Mr. Huang  

Teaching virtually and viewing onsite  

1st Tuesday of the month, 9:30 a.m-10 a.m. 

Mindful Meditation 

Teaching virtually and viewing onsite  

2nd, 3rd, and 4th Tuesdays 10 a.m. -11 a.m.  

Gentle Chair Yoga with Patti  

Teaching virtually and viewing onsite  

Wednesdays, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 

Ping Pong  

 Onsite  

1st Wednesday of the month, 10 a.m. -11 a.m.  

Senior Garden Group  

Virtual only 

1st and 3rd Thursdays 10 a.m. -11 a.m.   

Vince Cobalis  

Teaching in-person and virtual 

2nd and 4th Thursdays 10 a.m. -11 a.m.   

Gongxian  

Teaching virtually and viewing onsite  

Bi-monthly  

Senior newsletter & phone call  

Email & phone  

Additional updates:

  • Wellness classes are open to the public but tailored for individuals age 60 and older.  

  • Coffee, tea, and meals are not provided at this time.  

  • Review AARC Senior Program Modified Operation guidelines.

  • Senior Garden group is only for AARC senior program participants.  

  • To become an AARC senior program participant, complete Adult Registration Form and show photo identification to verify eligibility. The Adult Registration Form is available in hard copy at AARC or can be found at the bottom of the AARC Senior Programs webpage under “Forms”. 

 

Transportation – Austin Parks & Recreation Department (PARD) Senior Transportation is providing limited transportation to PARD senior program participants, including AARC participants. Please contact Senior Transportation at 512-974-1464 to learn more and how to register. You may also visit their website here

 

Asian American Resource Center (AARC) Senior Program is designed to address the intergenerational wellness and education needs of Austin residents age 60 and up, with focus on the Asian American community. 

Eligibility & Registration

Asian American Resource Center (AARC) Senior Program is designed to address the intergenerational wellness and education needs of Austin residents age 60 and up, with focus on the Asian American community. 

 

Eligibility & Registration

City of Austin resident, age 60 and older

  • Senior Lunch– First time participants will need to complete Adult Registration Form and show photo identification to verify eligibility. The Adult Registration Form is also available in hard copy at the AARC.
  • Transportation – Must be part of AARC senior program. Austin Parks & Recreation Department (PARD) Senior Transportation oversees limited transportation to AARC Senior Program. You must contact PARD Senior Transportation at 512-974-1464 to register and for more information. AARC staff will not handle transportation request.

Senior Wellness Activities – Some senior wellness activities are open to the public. Please contact us for more information.

The AARC Senior Program encompasses several components including:

Senior Tea and Coffee (Currently Paused)

Fresh tea and coffee are served Monday-Thursday mornings to all senior program participants.

Senior Lunch Social

(Currently Paused)

Free meal for Austin residents aged 60 and older every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Recreational & Wellness Activities

(Currently Modified)

  • Tai chi
  • Gentle yoga
  • Line dance
  • Table Tennis
  • Senior garden
  • Arts & crafts classes
  • Asian board games
  • Computer lab & library with books and periodicals in various languages
  • Rotating Asian American art & history exhibit

Continuing Education

(Currently Paused)

  • Health and nutrition
  • Computer and technology
  • Life skills
  • English as a Second Language

Transportation Service

(Currently Modified)

Austin Parks & Recreation Department (PARD) Senior Transportation oversees transportation to AARC Senior Program. Space is limited and you must contact PARD Senior Transportation at 512-974-1464 to register. AARC staff will not handle transportation request. For more information PARD Senior Transportation, you may visit their website at: http://www.austintexas.gov/department/seniors-programs-and-services

 

Multilingual Support Availability 

AARC staff members speak a variety of languages. You can call our main line at (512) 974-1700 for assistance. Please note that our multilingual staff may only be accessible by phone during certain times due to scheduling and availability.

Sona Shah (Gujarati)

Cultural & Arts Education Manager

Victoria Tran (Vietnamese)

Administrative Specialist

 

Van Doan (Vietnamese)

Recreation Program Specialist

 

Austin Senior Congregate Meals

Outside the AARC Senior Program, the Austin Parks and Recreation Department collaborates with Meals on Wheels as a partner for the delivery of congregate meals to several Austin-area recreation and senior activity centers. The Senior Congregate Meals Program is open to anyone 60 years of age or older. The meals are at the suggested Client Share donation of $1.00 to $3.00 but no contribution is required. In addition to lunch, participants share social and recreational activities and receive additional benefits such as nutrition education, health and welfare counseling and information and referral services.

Locations include:

  • Alamo Recreation Center: 2100 Alamo St, TX 78722, Tel: (512)974-5680
  • Conley-Guerrero Senior Activity Center: 808 Nile St, TX 78702, Tel: (512)978-2660
  • Dove Springs Recreation Center: 5801 Ainez Dr., TX 78744, Tel: (512) 447-5875
  • Gustavo "Gus" L. Garcia Recreation Center: 1201 East Rundberg, TX 78753, Tel: (512) 978-2525
  • Metz Recreation Center: 2407 Canterbury St, , TX 78702, Tel: (512) 978-2399
  • South Austin Neighborhood Center-Durwood: 2508 Durwood St, TX 78704, Tel: (512) 972-6840
  • South Austin Senior Activity Center: 3911 Manchaca Rd, TX 78704, Tel: (512) 448-0787
  • Virginia L. Brown Recreation Center: 7500 Blessing Ave, TX 78752, Tel: (512) 974-7865

For more information regarding Congregate Meal Program, call (512) 476-6325. For inquires about senior adult recreation and social activities, call (512) 974-3903.

 

Austin Senior Activity Centers

Traditional recreation activities are offered specifically for seniors at the Austin Parks and Recreation Department’s three senior activity centers listed below. Additionally, the other recreation centers and the Dougherty Arts Center offer many programs for adults and seniors.

  • Conley-Guerrero Senior Activity Center: 808 Nile Street, TX 78702, Tel: (512) 978-2660
  • Lamar Senior Activity Center: 2874 Shoal Crest Ave., TX 78705, Tel: (512) 474-5921
  • South Austin Senior Activity Center: 3911 Manchaca Rd, TX 78704, Tel: (512) 448-0787

 

Other Senior Transport Options

Drive A Senior is a local non-profit that connects Austin area volunteer drivers with seniors who need rides. Seniors must be non-driving or limited driving, over age 60, and within the boundaries of one of their service areas. Seniors must be able to walk on their own or with walkers and canes. Visit volunteerdriving.com to find the contact information for your services area.

ADA Accessible Transportation
The City of Austin and Capital Metro have wheelchair accessible and ADA transportation options available. Contact the Austin Parks & Recreation Senior Transportation, (512) 974-3914, and Capital Metro, Metro Access Services, (512) 389-7501, for more information.

Accessibility
The City of Austin is proud to comply with the Americans with Disability Act. The AARC facility and parking lot are ADA compliant and accessible. Should you require additional assistance with the use of the facility, please contact the AARC at (512) 974-1700.

 

 

 

Forms

Youth Registration Form

Adult Registration Form

Program Policies and Procedures

Parent Manual

Permission to Give Medication Form

School Tour/Field Trip Request Form

 

 

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