Recently, Nancy, a friend of mine, had me read an article from the Annie’s Mailbox section of the newspaper. You see, Nancy has recently retired from her full-time job and was concerned about ways she was going to fill that 40 hours per week that had had purpose for many years.
I invited Nancy to come to the McKinleyville Senior Center. Nancy stated that she felt that the Center was for old people and she was just looking to fill a little time. I continue to encourage her.
The Annie’s Mailbox article was about an educator with the same issues Nancy harbored about “Senior Centers” – you know what I mean – lots of old people sitting around talking about the old days, maybe knitting or playing cards – whiling away time. The woman in the article said she went to her local senior center (and it took six times) before she felt comfortable and made some new friends. The woman in the article went on to say that she found a group of fun loving people who were starting a walking group (which the woman joined). That led to new friendships, dinners out with friends and, by the way, it helped fill her days.
The woman in the article was encouraging others to get past their “Senior Center” biases and find your local center to enrich your life.
The McKinleyville Senior Center is a non-profit that operates Monday through Friday between 9 a,m. and 4p .m. Everyone 50+ years old is encouraged to drop by and check out all of our activities – we might just surprise you. We accept donations of paperback books, knick knacks, puzzles, craft items, medical equipment and of course always monetary donations to help us meet our operating expenses…
Currently we are in need of plants and gardening items for our annual Plant Sale which will begin April 15th and runs through June 1, magazines that are no longer than 6 months old and medical equipment that we can loan to those in need. The medical equipment most requested at this time are bath stools, bath benches, rollater type walkers, bedside commodes and a couple of standard wheelchairs. If any of these items are cluttering your space the Center will be glad to accept them.