Roper St. Francis and the City of Charleston recently celebrate the grand opening of the new Louis Waring, Jr. Senior Center on the campus of Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital.
Dozens of members of the community attended the event, joining Charleston Mayor John J. Tecklenburg, members of Charleston City Council, President and CEO of Roper St. Francis Healthcare Lorraine Lutton, RSFH Director of Senior Services Elizabeth Bernat, Louis Waring, Jr., and the Waring family.
The Charleston City Council named the senior center in honor of Louis Waring, Jr., a United States Navy World War II veteran who also served as the Charleston City Council member for District Seven from 1994 to 2012.
Designed by Liollio Archicture, the new 16,000 square foot health and wellness center boasts a secluded wooded location, giving the community and seniors a retreat from daily life and the chance to connect more deeply with nature.
Designed for adults age 50+, the Center provides an array of fitness, social, and social events and activities that nurture relationships, growth, vitality, community, and independence.
The Center’s “campus” includes an array of interior and exterior spaces with abundant natural light, outdoor gardens, four pickleball courts, and walking and biking trails.
While classes topics will continue to evolve, the current class lineup includes Enhance Fitness, a group exercise class for a range of fitness levels, line dancing, art, Tai Chi, yoga, knitting, book club, calligraphy, water colors, and more.
The Center’s hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Membership is available to adults 50 years of age or older and provides access to a wide range of programs including annual special events, travel opportunities, health and wellness educational programs and self-management classes.Basic Membership is $70 per year for Charleston County residents ($80 for out-of-county residents). Membership does not include access to the fitness center or pickleball courts.
Gold Membership, which includes access to the fitness center and pickleball courts, is $125 per year for Charleston County residents ($135 for out-of-county residents).
To learn more or sign up for a membership, please visit the Waring Senior Center website.