Thursday, October 2, 2008

Boomers and Changing Senior Centers

It's going to happen. We boomers are going to frequent the senior centers. We need that social interaction in our lives. There is need for some serious changes, though.
First of all. we hate the word senior. We could call the senior centers, community centers. After all, we know what communes are all about and it would be more fitting.
Secondly, the menus have to change. No more tapioca, fruit cups and chicken fried steak. We require more vegetarian selections, wraps and lattes.
Programs need to change. They have to be made more diverse and intellectual. I realize too, that the long term visitors can't be alienated, but the programs could meld the the generations together. Programs like retirement advice, vacation planning , or help with taking care of our aging parents would be more suitable to our needs.
Lastly, the activities would have to suit our lifestyles. We cannot exist on bingo, shuffleboard and making quilts. We require high energy exersize, investment and motorcycle clubs and Xbox tournaments to name a few.
I don't think this is too much to ask, although the reality is, there are 3 generations in the "senior centers" which include the G.I. generation from world war two, the silent generation from the 50's, and the ever popular baby boomers.
We can all co exist for sure. That's what community is all about.

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