Rejuvenating the Senior Center
Turning pancakes into computer classes
Twelve years ago, a nonprofit organization in Chicago began to experiment with a new type of senior center. Mather LifeWays had provided senior housing for decades but wanted to reach out to urban, working-class retirees—those who don’t require or qualify for traditional senior services but who want a sense of community and engagement as they age in place. And thus the Café Plus concept was born.
“We tried to develop a different kind of place…a community venue where we could…focus on enabling and empowering [older adults] to be healthy, engaged, renewed, and independent,” says Betsie Sassen, vice president of community initiatives for Mather LifeWays. “The initial lur....
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Excellent article about a nice variety of different Centers across the country, showing all are different and still work.
I see the Senior Center in Westerville, Ohio as fitting into all these progressive areas.