We’re Not Getting Any Younger

As the graying of America approaches, cities and towns around the United States are stepping up to the challenge of meeting the needs and desires of this growing population.  The suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts are seeing their elder services client base increase exponentially despite resources for older adult services dwindling.  The Metropolitan Area Planning Council has analyzed the demographic trends and found “COA’s and other organizations that work with seniors must rethink the types of services they provide.  It’s not going to be all meals on wheels and Sunday suppers at the COA Hall,” said Timothy G. Reardon, senior regional planner for the Metropolitan Area Planning Council.  A few centers for older adults have taken this into consideration including the Duxbury Senior Community Center which introduced a Lifelong Learning Program offering seniors a chance to take academic courses on Shakespeare, Islam, and US History.  The Sharon Adult center also offers foreign films, an art studio, photography club, art gallery and a virtual bowling league.  “It’s all about listening to what community wants,” said Norma Simons Fitzgerald, executive director of the Sharon Council on Aging.  “One of the things we no longer do is bingo.  It just kept losing people.”
Boston.com, January 17, 2010

Written By: Emily Sweeney

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