Yukon’s Dale Robertson Center keeps seniors active, entertained

Every weekday, almost 100 people show up at the Dale Robertson Center in Yukon looking for a little fun and excitement … and a good meal.

But mostly, they come for the fellowship.

The Dale Robertson Center is home to the Yukon Senior Citizens’ program.

Casey Barnett, who has served as director of the program since the city took over the service about a dozen years ago, said the center is a popular gathering spot for those who are 55 and older.

The majority of those who attend the center, which is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m., are retired and looking for a way to stay active.

They find it by taking advantage of the center’s exercise programs, as well as a variety of games and an  opportunity to visit with friends, new and old.

“It’s a place to make friends. I enjoy talking to people. I’m kind of slow to make friends, so this was a good place to get started,” said Vernon Taylor, 76.

Taylor moved to Yukon about four months ago and was looking for an opportunity to get involved.

He said he likes the physical activities that are offered through the center, including things like table tennis and pool.

On this day, he was playing disc golf and cornhole. Taylor also is active in area pickleball groups.

“The exercise classes really help,” he said.

Taylor also takes advantage of the meals, which are offered each weekday at about 11:30 a.m. Barnett said no one is turned away, but a $2 donation is requested.

Barnett said they serve between 75 and 100 meals per day. They also provide a snack in the morning and often have doughnuts that have been donated by a local shop.

Not everyone eats, but most do.

Barnett said the senior programs also provide an opportunity to visit various entertainment venues as a group at a greatly reduced cost.

“This is about making connections and friends, remaining active and having a reason to smile,” Barnett said. “Too often when we get older, we set fun aside.”

This program, she said, is a way to have fun

The center is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is geared for those 55 and older, “But we don’t check IDs,” Barnett said.

Exercise classes, card games and the pool table always are available.

In addition, they often have craft workshops and each month, those having a birthday are celebrated.

And it’s not just for Yukon residents. Some travel from as far away as Kingfisher to take part in the program.

Ina James, 67, of Mustang, has been visiting the Yukon center two or three times per week for several years.

“This is much better than the one in Mustang,” she said. “They have real good programs.”

And she likes the food.

She also participates in the fitness programs, including tai chi and the weight program.

“It keeps you active,” she said.

5 Comments

  1. Dee Rushington on July 24, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    What exercise classes are offered & is there a schedule posted somewhere?

  2. Claudia Cooksey on January 1, 2019 at 9:39 pm

    What exercise classes are offered. I am 69 and retired. Need to begin an exercise program again.

  3. Jean Carr on October 26, 2020 at 12:26 pm

    Please let me know if you are open any hours
    right now, during covid (10/26/2020).?

    Thank You
    Jean

    • Angela Kasbohm on December 19, 2020 at 9:51 am

      The Dale Robertson Center is offering classes but masks or face shields must be worn. Normal class schedule resumes December 30th. We have a fusion class (cardio and toning) at 12:30. There are chair exercise classes on most Wednesday and Friday mornings. We have altered hours of operation and class times for the holidays but there is a calendar at the center. There is also tai chi, jazz classes and line dancing as well as ping pong. We hope you join us!

  4. Joan Stanton on March 23, 2021 at 11:18 am

    New to Yukon, and am interested in Bridge and mahjong, etc . Not an expert in either one but enjoy both. Love to win but not a basic necessity. I am 86, had both Covid-19 shots, so am ready to go.

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