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Old 07-12-2009, 11:09 PM
 
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A buddy of mine lives in North Tempe and the city converted an old school into a "multi-generational center" near his house. It seems to be a community center that anyone can use. It has a gym, arts facilties, community classrooms, etc. Very cool.

A few miles North of this place is the Scottsdale Senior Center. Same plan, but limited to seniors only. They've got top art facilities (kilns, etc), free classes, a high tech gym, loving staff, etc. Not picking out Scottsdale. Other cities have these as well. Phoenix has 11 such senior centers. Should places funded by the general public be restricted to certain groups?

It seems to me that publicly financed joints should be open to all. Yes, give huge discounts to seniors and others, but let anyone in the funding pool have access. It seems a mixed message to say that city laws don't allow discrimination based on race, sex, religion, age, orientation, etc. but then fund major things that do in fact particion the users.

Seniors should have specialized programs, classes, etc. But their own city run facilities? Not so sure.

Thoughts?

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Old 07-12-2009, 11:23 PM
 
Location: South Tempe, AZ
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Well, many cities have activities/facilities restricted to youth, too. No, I don't have a problem with it.
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Old 07-12-2009, 11:52 PM
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Location: Phoenix,AZ
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Ask me again when I turn 59 1/2....
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Old 07-13-2009, 01:35 AM
 
Location: Southern Arizona
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GOOD GRIEF, Joninaz . . . you want to "hang out" with a bunch of seniors?

Not I . . . nor would I want to "hang out" with a bunch of teenagers either as that would make me feel like a senior.
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Old 07-13-2009, 01:43 AM
 
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Well, many cities have activities/facilities restricted to youth, too. No, I don't have a problem with it.

Programs... yes. But would you be for a mulitmillion dollar arts/activities center for 25-45 year olds - nobody else allowed, but funded by everyone?
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Old 07-13-2009, 07:16 AM
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
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Schools are restricted to the young and they are publicly funded. The various developmentally disabled centers (I am presuming Phoenix has those) are restricted to the developmentally disabled and they are publicly funded. The various assistance programs are restricted to the low income and they are publicly funded. So the point is????

Disclaimer: I am nowhere near the age to use a senior center. ;-)
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Old 07-13-2009, 08:26 AM
 
Location: Phoenix
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Schools are not restricted, you can go to college at any age. If you are senior and don't at least have your GED you shouldn't be worrying about an education at that point in life IMO.
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Old 08-15-2009, 08:57 PM
 
Location: Mesa, Az
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GOOD GRIEF, Joninaz . . . you want to "hang out" with a bunch of seniors?

Not I . . . nor would I want to "hang out" with a bunch of teenagers either as that would make me feel like a senior.
I will be age 52 next month.............what is spooky is I am much closer in age to the 'seniors' than to the 25 YO's.
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Old 08-15-2009, 09:03 PM
 
Location: Sierra Vista, AZ
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It's Day Care
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Old 08-16-2009, 11:47 AM
 
Location: East valley
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IT IS NOT DAY CARE !! Seniors have more time than others and most of them are interested in keeping their brain power by expanding their learning and enjoying new activities. Seniors today are very very different from those of yesteryear. More and more active adult seniors are happy and content and healthy because they continue to use their minds and are involved in society. I resent your post and think you should rescind it.
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