Boomers were the Beatniks, the Hippies, the Yippees, the Vietnam veterans, the world-traveling, never-take-no-for-the answer-generation. So it is of little wonder that senior centers nationwide are taking a step back to get a good look at what they must offer their coming generation of retirees. As the generation of seniors-to-come have lived a very different life than their parents, the demands of the senior center are starting to change.
“Boomerang” is the East County Senior Center’s new publication, specifically aimed at the interests of the 50+ crowd. ECSC has also expanded their offerings of classes, trips and programs so that the “younger” crowd can get involved with the camaraderie of the community center.
Beginning the first week of February, ECSC presents four new areas of activity; taste, teach, think and touch. The “taste” segment begins with a wine and cheese tasting, while the “teach” segment offers classes such as photography, investing and travel. The “think” segment will include discussions on such important matters as managing loss, transitioning through the stages of life and writing your history. And the “touch” segment starts with the basics of massage and kicks off with a special $3 chair massage.
Clearly, this is not your mother’s senior center! Beginning in February, ECSC offers these events on Try it out Tuesdays, “a series of Tuesday night programming intended to generate a sense of how good life is and will continue to be for all of us,” according to the Boomerang newsletter.
We Boomers are a different generation; as we age our lifestyles will continue to include exercise, nutritious and often adventurous eating and new kinds of families. ECSC wants to be part of your future and they are starting now.
Taking a line from poet Dylan Thomas, I have no plans to “ …go gentle in to that good-night.”