Ben Schorzman | Content coordinator, City of Eugene Recreation
MJ Fuselier loves the surprise of opening a new Eugene Rec guide for the first time. The possibility for new experiences seem boundless.
When the Guide hits her mailbox, she opens to the last 30 pages where the senior sections are nestled.
"It's like a little gift in the ol' stocking," Fuselier says.
"Where else can I go as a senior and go to a class every Monday, go on day trips and go hiking?" she says.
Recreation programming at Campbell and Petersen Barn Community Center provides numerous benefits. Participating in activities helps with physical, mental and emotional health, and is just one of many reasons why Eugene Rec prides itself on its thriving community.
"We're the neighborhood bar where everybody knows your name," senior programmer and Campbell site manager Diane Sconce says. "What I feel good about is having people come into the center because they feel they belong here."
The belief in the healing powers of community and recreation are core to what Eugene Rec is about. A supportive network of friends and family is vital to continued good health into later years. Studies show people who have satisfying relationships are happier, have fewer health problems and live longer. It's the same for physical activity, which can ward off chronic diseases like diabetes, hypertension and obesity, or providing activities that keep the mind sharp. It’s why Fuselier has dabbled in just about every class offered through Campbell Center in the last six years and why she loves the community of the Better Bones and Balance class she attends with Dee on Mondays.
"We will get 80 year olds in here who say they're not old like those other people," Sconce says with a laugh. "Age is nothing but a state of mind."
Fuselier calls Campbell one of the greatest gifts in our community. The workers, she says, are what provide Campbell with life.
"They truly care," she says. "They have the express elevator to heaven. They're so patient and put up with the same questions day after day."