Seniors Celebrate Valentine’s Day, Improve COVID Conditions | East Feliciana


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Seniors Celebrate Valentine's Day, Improve COVID Conditions | East Feliciana

Seniors Celebrate Valentine’s Day, Improve COVID Conditions | East Feliciana

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“Day of Love” is a busy day for the East Feliciana Commission on Aging. Games, including a love song name guessing contest and a popular Tai Chi class, were part of Valentine’s Day celebrations and improved COVID-19 conditions, allowing the center to open again.

The holidays are a landmark for agency director Cindy McManus. In August 2021, the center was closed due to a surge in COVID-19 cases, but it returned for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Around New Years, they came back again.

McManus has been following the lead of parish officials in addressing health concerns. “I love calling police juries and the Office of Homeland Security,” she said. “Jody Moreau is the Department of Homeland Security and he has all the details of the cases and when they peaked.”

The party atmosphere helps lift the spirits. Carnival awaits as the center celebrates Valentine’s Day, with one entrance decorated with carnival gas and the other covered in pink and red. As soon as Carnival is over, Easter takes over.

Jeffery Wittenbrink, a physical therapist with the Capital Region Council on Aging, conducts exercise classes in his Capital Region parish, which McManus said was popular in Clinton’s location. Exercise classes at Wittenbrink start on Mondays and Fridays.

“We have two classes, one from 10:45 to 11:30, and then we have lunch,” she said. β€œThen we had classes from 12 to 12:45 – it was neat. It was a big hit. We had 30 new employees.”

If COVID-19 conditions and weather permit, a large picnic will be held in May for East Feliciana Center customers, McManus said.

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