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Old 04-20-2016, 05:43 AM
 
Location: Jamestown, NY
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I would love to do this at a school while the kids were eating, I think it could be good for me and the kids to spend time together at a meal! Grade and middle school would be fun as well
Trust me, you wouldn't. Student cafeterias are zoos.
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Old 04-20-2016, 08:55 AM
 
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I know of a senior center in Green Valley, AZ, that specializes in Inter-Generational Programming. The center is located at Casa de Esperanza, where there is also a children's day care center on the premises. When the seniors who gather for lunch or attend the adult day program (designed to allow caregivers of people with Alzheimer's and other dementia/memory issues some time off), there are often days when they bring the children from Los Ninos de Valle over to share activities.
I have been there a couple of times and would agree that the Casa program is excellent. What is also great is that they provide transportation to the program to anyone in Green Valley. Unfortunately, I do not meet the age or income requirements at this point.

One thing that assists is a program like this is that seniors are more respected in the Mexican culture than many others. For example, when I go into schools for programming i my volunteer work, a lot of the students go out of their way to talk to me and the teachers like our presence. I have NOR founf that to be the case in other parts of the country when I have volunteered.
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Old 04-20-2016, 09:18 AM
 
Location: Chicago area
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Okay you got me with the chickens. I would go just to play with them.
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Old 04-20-2016, 12:48 PM
 
Location: In a vehicle.
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I have read so many negative posts about senior citizen centers, and also people stating that maybe when they are way older than they are now that they might think about attending, but not now.


I am a "younger" old person and I LOVE the senior citizen center here in pueblo. I enjoy having a reasonably healthy lunch with a group of friends and paying only$2 to do so. the classes are nice, and there is always someone new to talk to and get to know.


I have been spending most mornings putting up drywall, cleaning gutters, batch freeze cooking, gardening,tending chickens, planning a retreat, filming for my channel [but how to upload?] and practicing for a hoola-hoop competition that isn't held until July.


By 11 AM I am ready to take a quick shower, put on a little eye liner, slip into my boots [or some cute footwear] and go on a nice little noon break [date?] with my husband.


utilizing the senior centers offerings do not make me feel older, just freer.

It really depends on the "Attendees" for any situation. Some are great, some are (To be nice) really just an small outpost of whiners with little else to do.

In this they have caused the place to shut off an area simply as "We're not there and so no one should enjoy the place when we're not there"

So much for a "Community Center"
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Old 04-20-2016, 01:51 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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I'd go to a senior center if they offered drawing classes and if the exercise classes weren't at 9 in the morning. I'm retired. I do NOT want to be somewhere at 9 in the morning. (I want to be at home, sipping coffee or tea while I read the news.) I'd like some place to go in the afternoon. I don't really have the mornings free--it's relaxing time, long breakfast time, paperwork and phone calls time.

Ours does have oil or acrylic painting but I gave that up years ago due to the mess and the smell of it. I'd love a plain ordinary drawing class with other people. Charcoal or pencils and paper.

I went to a bead making class at a senior center once and it turned out to be more like kindergarten--instead of teaching us bead work, they threw a pile of beads on the table and gave us about 15 minutes to string them. I felt like a five year old.

I'd love some lectures and interesting talks but maybe they don't have the budget for that. I'd love something like a ping pong table too. Something to do other than bingo, which i don't do and will never do. Some exercise machines but maybe they can't have those either due to liability issues?

I still go there and pick up the schedule but there's never anything of interest to me. Anyone who has a good senior center is lucky. I'd go if we had a good one.
I am sooooo with you on this. That's why, on the rare occasion they offer it, I don't go to the outings or to the symphony with the senior center in my area. Or trips for that matter either. They're all scheduled too doggone early in the am.

At first I thought they had some really good offerings but they have had some cutbacks and what's left is of little interest to me. It's mostly all kinds of exercise classes I don't want to do, bingo (why are people supposed to become suddenly become enamored of bingo just because they reach a certain age?) dominoes and such.

Now it's true, they have very good art classes and a book club and poetry readings. But they never have books I like, I am not fond of poetry and I can't draw worth a lick. I know, picky, picky.

But all senior centers are not alike. The one I am aiming for which is connected to the independent living facility I hope to get into has tons of things. Something for everyone, like a writing class, day trips that begin at a decent hour, lectures, movies, local musicians' performances and more stuff I can relate to.

Well, yes, they offer bingo but I don't have to go.
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Old 04-20-2016, 03:34 PM
 
Location: Tucson for awhile longer
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I have been there a couple of times and would agree that the Casa program is excellent. What is also great is that they provide transportation to the program to anyone in Green Valley. Unfortunately, I do not meet the age or income requirements at this point.

One thing that assists is a program like this is that seniors are more respected in the Mexican culture than many others. For example, when I go into schools for programming i my volunteer work, a lot of the students go out of their way to talk to me and the teachers like our presence. I have NOR founf that to be the case in other parts of the country when I have volunteered.
That is correct.

I forgot to mention about the transportation. Catholic Social Services participates in this excellent program and I believe they run the buses that drive around Green Valley collecting the people who want to join the group lunch. There is always an after-lunch activity, too. A film, a speaker, music, etc.

For retirees who want to live in a quiet, small-town Southwestern atmosphere but don't want to be isolated, Green Valley is a good choice. There's a new hospital in Green Valley, too, so no more trips all the way to Tucson for emergency care. So many of the retirees in that town participate in volunteer activities as well as take advantage of programs like the ones offered by Casa de Esperanza.
Casa Community Services | La Posada at Park Center, Inc.

Green Valley Hospital - The Highest Quality Care Close To Home
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Old 04-20-2016, 04:06 PM
 
Location: Cochise county, AZ
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I haven't tried the Senior Center in Fergus proper because I have found some friends in the town I live in but, it seems as if you weren't brought up in Fergus, you're a suspect.

I suppose I will try it sometime, just to see, but I am tired of being considered an outsider when my grandparents lived in the area since they were married. Can't remember the date but I am 62 so it was a long time ago.
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Old 04-20-2016, 06:23 PM
 
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I think senior centers are great.
But clearly their programs, trips, classes and amenities will vary based on the area and funding source.

I'd definitely take advantage of them, IF I had the time and the desire for what they offered.
The classes would be cheaper. BUT…I also think to a certain extent you get what you pay for. The computer class at a senior center isn't going to be as -- intense, detailed, demanding, etc -- as one offered as a continuing ed course by a community college for example -- or even a class offered by a school system. But most seniors I'm sure aren't interested in intense learning, or may need a slower pace.

I don't mean it in a disparaging way, but I call the senior center classes "dabbler classes" or "curiosity classes."
If I wanted to learn a language for example I'd rather pay more to be challenged, than take a free class that might bore me. But the stained glass class might be right up my alley.

As for trips, our local senior center here isn't really doing trips to places I want to go. I'm not ready for bus day trips to an arboretum. I'm still interested in interstate and international destinations. My university offers alumni international trips with tours led by professors. That's more my speed than a day trip to a casino….at THIS point in my life. But, when I'm in the upper age group of seniors I might very well go on a senior center trip.

So while they are not for me now…I am a BIG fan of them. I've also been blessed to live in place with strong, vibrant centers.

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'd go to a senior center if they offered drawing classes and if the exercise classes weren't at 9 in the morning. I'm retired. I do NOT want to be somewhere at 9 in the morning. (I want to be at home, sipping coffee or tea while I read the news.) I'd like some place to go in the afternoon. I don't really have the mornings free-
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I am sooooo with you on this. That's why, on the rare occasion they offer it, I don't go to the outings or to the symphony with the senior center in my area. Or trips for that matter either. They're all scheduled too doggone early in the am.
Our senior center has some afternoon classes every hour….but I'd say most are in the morning.
I've worked 4p to midnight for more than 20 years, and by the time I retire it will have been more than 30 years.
I don't know if I'll EVER be a morning person!
Maybe I will e v e n t u a l l y want tobe some where at 10 am three days a week. But I sure don't see it.

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Old 04-20-2016, 08:26 PM
 
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That is correct.

I forgot to mention about the transportation. Catholic Social Services participates in this excellent program and I believe they run the buses that drive around Green Valley collecting the people who want to join the group lunch. There is always an after-lunch activity, too. A film, a speaker, music, etc.

For retirees who want to live in a quiet, small-town Southwestern atmosphere but don't want to be isolated, Green Valley is a good choice. There's a new hospital in Green Valley, too, so no more trips all the way to Tucson for emergency care. So many of the retirees in that town participate in volunteer activities as well as take advantage of programs like the ones offered by Casa de Esperanza.
Casa Community Services | La Posada at Park Center, Inc.

Green Valley Hospital - The Highest Quality Care Close To Home


Green Valley Recreation, the Green Valley Council, and the Casa Community Center are currently working together to identify seniors who are isolated and can use the senior center. From Monday to Friday, they offer a hot meal as well as an activity as you mentioned above. This is relatively new and will probably take 18 months to really publicize.

In addition to the Catholic Social Service meals, at least three other churches in the area also offer low cost or free meals on a bi-weekly or monthly basis.

In addition Casa Community Center, La Posada and OLLI-UA have been holding events in the same facility which provides additional opportunities for low income seniors to attend OLLI classes in Green Valley.

Personally, I would like to see Green Valley Hospital to eventually do something similar as they are in an area with few other food options. They are new and still working out the kinks of opening the new facility.

I am a bit hesitant to post much on the Green Valley Hospital as I have received criticism for my posts on the hospital. All I have ever really said was that the hospital was what you would expect for a RURAL hospital that has been in operation for less than a year - it has its share of growing pains of hiring medical professionals and getting the proper staffing. In general, it takes 24-30 months to work out all of the kinks. This month, Pima Heart relocated on the hospital campus.

As for emergency care, a good portion of the Green valley Fire/ Southwest Ambulence still goes to Tucson. Heart attacks and similar cardiac cases are sent to Carondolet St. Mary's or University Hospital South. Stroke patients go to University South. Any major accidents or trauma also goes to university.

I have to admit that I have been to the Green Valley Hospital ten times in the past year bringing in elderly neighbors, my wife, and having lunch in the cafeteria. I would say that I am pretty impressed with what I have seen. At this point, both my doctors have directed me to St. Mary's until certain aspects of GVH are fully functional.
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Old 04-20-2016, 08:28 PM
 
Location: Dothan AL
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