Karen Pimentel – Senior Center Assistant
Township of Manalapan Senior Citizens’ Center
Classes & Events Location: Manalapan Township Community Center
114 Route 33 West
Manalapan, NJ 07726
PHONE: (732)446-8401 FAX(732) 446-2564
Mailing Address for all completed registration forms:
Manalapan Senior Centor
120 Route 522
Manalapan, NJ 07726
A Message from Karen Pimentel, Manalapan Township Senior Center Assistant:
As many of you already know, our cherished friend and beloved Director, Elaine McNamara, retired after 34 years as the Manalapan Township Senior Center Director. I would like to thank Elaine for her dedication and many years of service, as well as her support as I transitioned into my role with the Manalapan Township Senior Center.
For those that don’t know me, please let me introduce myself. My name is Karen Pimentel. I have been a resident of Manalapan for 26 years and have been very involved in our community. I raised a family and worked in our beautiful town prior to accepting this wonderful opportunity. It is an honor to follow in the footsteps of Elaine who built a remarkable program for the Manalapan Township Senior Citizens.
I am extremely thankful and appreciative to be working with our senior community. I enjoy seeing all of your beautiful, smiling faces on a regular basis and it truly warms my heart on how welcoming you have all been. I want you to know that I will do my best to serve our community of seniors. Please know, I am very approachable and welcome your ideas. I will listen to you open-mindedly with the goal of targeting our programming toward your interests. I understand and recognize the importance of change and individuality. Keeping our senior center current and interesting is most important and your input is valuable to our success.
As I continue planning the senior center programming, it is my objective to make sure we welcome new members and provide them with opportunities to participate while continuing to meet the needs of our seasoned members. To become a member of the Manalapan Township Senior Center, please register in person or refer to the Township website to obtain the registration forms. Go to www.mtnj.org, under the “Departments” section, under the “Senior Center” tab, under “Forms.” On the website, you will also find the monthly calendar as well as information on special events or upcoming bus trips.
My goal is to keep you actively involved doing enjoyable things that sustain your health, both mentally and physically. To successfully register for activities and classes, please refer to the Activity Registration Form under the “Forms” tab on our website. Be sure to complete the registration form in its entirety. Due to capacity limits, classes will be filled on a first come/first served basis. If you do not receive your preferred class session, I will do my best to satisfy your request at a future time. For safety reasons, please be aware that you cannot casually drop in for a class. I will review attendance throughout the year to determine if additional classes are needed, based on demand and available funding.
Bingo is always fun for our members as it provides an opportunity to meet new friends. Please note, it is important to register for bingo. The bingo registration form is located under the “Forms” tab on our website.
Please remember, senior activities/classes take place at the Manalapan Township Community Center located at 114 Route 33 in Manalapan Township on the west bound side just past the Peking Pavilion Restaurant.
There is one last important detail I would like to share. Manalapan Township Senior Center is funded by a grant along with the support of Manalapan Township. Our seniors do not pay a registration fee and classes are complimentary. As a requirement to sustain the grant, we are expected to make the best use of the funds and we are required to report all class attendance to substantiate our funding. Therefore, if you have been put into a class and are frequently absent we will reserve the right to offer your spot to a person on the waiting list. We understand that unexpected things happen which might cause some unplanned absences. However, if you have an unforeseen circumstance that requires recurring absences, please let me know so we can work together to develop a resolution.
In closing, I want to thank you for your kindness and patience as I transition into my new role. I appreciate all of the support you have shown to me and the relationships I have already built are invaluable. You have become my second family in such a short amount of time and are all very special to me. I look forward to working together to make the Manalapan Township Senior Center one of the best!
Best wishes always,
Senior Center Assistant
Manalapan Senior Center
Funding Sources: Municipal and Federal Funds
Service Area: The Manalapan Senior Citizens’ Center serves the residents of Manalapan Township who are 60 years of age or older
Mission Statement: Our mission is to maintain a premier facility, and resource center, for educational, recreational and wellness programs as well as volunteer opportunities, transportation, with access to counseling and support services for seniors and their caregivers. Our goal is to meet the needs of the population to ensure quality of life, to promote physical, emotional, and economic well-being and to encourage participation in all aspects of community life.
- Physical Fitness Programs
- Educational Programs
- Day Trips
- Outreach Services
- Health and Wellness Services
- Transportation is available, including access to a weekly food shopping bus
Activities & Classes
Chair Yoga – The chair replaces the yoga mat and becomes an extension of your body allowing the full advantage of yoga. Class meets Mondays at 10:00 am and 11:15 am.
TAI CHI – Tai Chi combines exercise and meditation, through slow movements which have been modified for seniors with the purpose of increasing balance, flexibility and strength. Class meets Tuesdays at 9:00 am. (No classes July and August)
Summer Zumba Gold – Zumba Gold is designed with you in mind. It is a fun, low-impact class combining dance and balance movements. It is great for the mind, body, and soul. Class meets on Tuesdays at 9:00am. (July & August classes)
Gentle Cardio – A fun class that is easy for beginners and can be kicked up a notch with modifications for the added challenge. Aerobics will boost your energy level, improve coordination, burn calories, reduce stress and also get you into shape. We also work on balance, stretching, and toning with bands & balls. Add in a circuit or a fun game that will keep your heart rate up and enjoy the time while getting in shape! Class meets on Thursdays at 9:15 am and 10:30 am.
Healthy Bones – An Osteoporosis prevention, exercise & education program for older adults, sponsored by Parker Life. Participants have enjoyed the benefits of increased strength and endurance. Class meets on Thursdays at 2:00 pm. (Dr. approval required)
Strength Training – Enjoy the benefits of increased strength and endurance by attending our weekly strength training class. Seniors start out using light hand weights and increase the weights as their strength increases. Class meets on Fridays at 9:15 am and 10:30 am.
Bingo – Will be held two Wednesdays every month. Participants must register in advance. Bingo dates are listed on the Bingo Registration document, available in the “Forms” section on our website.
Mah-Jongg – Held most Mondays 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Follow calendar for dates scheduled.
Book Club – Held once every 5 weeks on a Monday at 12:30 pm. Book and date information can be found under the “Special Events” section on our website.
Senior Wellness Screenings – VNA of Monmouth County provides seniors with monthly wellness screenings including blood pressure. Check calendar for scheduled dates.
Special Activities/Bus Trips/Parties – See monthly calendar and the “Special Events” section on our website.
The Manalapan Township Senior Citizen Center is partially funded by the Title III Program of the Older Americans Act as amended through a grant by the Monmouth County Office on Aging.