For seniors, a new fitness option at Eagleton Center

Pat Smith uses the elliptical machine in the new exercise room at Ray County Senior Center. (Photo by David Knopf/Richmond News)

By David Knopf/News Editor

There’s equal parts of the past, present and future in the new exercise room at Ray County Senior Center. The equipment, donated by former commercial gym owners Kevin and Terrie Stanley, adds an option for senior citizens who come to the Eagleton Center to play cards and bingo, eat lunch, have their blood pressure checked and visit with friends, old and new.

“We have over 60 percent of our people who are senior citizens,” said Terrie Stanley, a former Richmond City Council member who has championed issues for the elderly. “They took care of us, so we need to take care of them.”

The donated exercise equipment – thigh extension and curl machines, treadmills, an elliptical trainer, free weights and other machines – were once used at The Works, a commercial gym the Stanleys operated. The couple started its first fitness gym on the square in 1984, Terrie Stanley said, and continued in different locations through 2009.

With the equipment no longer being used, the couple donated half to the town of Deepwater, Mo., in the southern part of the state, and the other half to Ray County Senior Center. Kevin Stanley, volunteers D.L. Pollard, Arthur Brock and others built a wall and painted it to separate the gym area from Eagleton’s lunch, table games and stage areas.

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