Optum NM opens a community center promoting well-being

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – A community center is opening in northeast Albuquerque with the goal of improving the overall health of people over the age of 55.

Optum New Mexico is behind this community center, which opens at 4010 Montgomery Ave. NE, but you don’t have to be a patient to become a member. Seniors can get a free membership card that gives you access to their amenities.

“So really, we want to create a space for seniors to come in, challenge themselves, and connect through a number of different classes and exercise programs,” said Jon Patterson, associate medical director of ‘Option.

The center’s facilities and services include scheduled classes, teaching, dance, nutrition, and even stress management. The gym there is even designed so that everyone can use it.

“If you have a wheelchair, all of our exercise equipment is also wheelchair accessible,” an official told KOB 4.

At the community center there is also a clinic where people can schedule their annual wellness visit and connect to other resources.

The center opens its doors on Tuesday, November 29 with a grand opening celebration and health fair. More details, including how to register and RSVP, are on the event site.

Jill E. Washington