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Old 04-21-2016, 03:49 AM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Minervah, bingo and dominoes are used to help with cognitive acuity. One thing that was being done here was to take people to the new aquatic center for swimming. They haven't done that for awhile, I think because of the age of the participants who are mostly in their mid to late 80s.


The youngest person I know who goes to any of the centers is in her mid 70s.
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Old 04-21-2016, 09:06 AM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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I think a lot of what a local senior center offers depends upon the community they serve. The one near me has a ton of exercise classes. It is in the community center that serves the entire suburban area and has a fully equipped gym the senior center members can use. This is very popular in the area which consists of long time residents of communities who are well acquainted with one another.

Things like day or overnight trips weren't of interest to members when a poll was taken. When I asked the coordinator why this so she said she thought that the majority of the members have family with whom they go on trips. They weren't interested in group outings. The same goes for social activities like parties and such. When offered, these were always lightly attended. People aren't there to meet people or socialize all that much. Long time friends will attend with each other but that's about it.

For me, as a single person who was new to the city a couple of years ago, I joined to socialize and meet a few people who were in the same position. While I did meet people who were friendly enough while we were there, that's as far as it went. No one was interested in new friendships outside the place. That would have been okay but the activities were very limited for my wants. For someone just needing to get out of the house for a few hours, I can see where it is a very nice getaway.

The new one I want to join that is across town where I am planning to move, has much more to offer and I believe will suit my needs much better, at least according to the brochure and the coordinator I have spoken to. The people who go there are from all different backgrounds from a very large area and not just one small community.

So like anything else, whatever the organization, one size does not fit all
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Old 04-21-2016, 10:18 AM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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Minervah, your future senior center sounds a lot better. I totally understand about the people who grew up together or are related to each other. That's how it is here too. They don't need friends. This is small town America. I joined several groups when I first moved here and it was the same.

When you move to a new place, I guess you should try to make sure it isn't ingrown with people who are related and have known each other forever. You'll always be the outsider and they just don't need anyone new. In that regard, a city would be a better choice than a small town.
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Old 04-21-2016, 11:58 AM
 
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Our local senior center let's people join stating at age 55. I'm 55, and I did go check it out

But as I said with me working 4p-midnight and I'm off on weekdays (as opposed to weekends)…I'm not getting up on my days off to take some class -- ANY class at 10a. My schedule just isn't conducive to going. And there's nothing it offers that I want to do bad enough to get up and go.

I hate to say, "I don't need to go," because I don't want others to think I believe a senior center is only for people who "need it." I WOULD go IF it fit more into my life and what I'm doing, or want to do -- at my convenience.
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