1. People look you in the eye and make contact
unobstructed with other things on their mind. No cell phones,
no office meetings, etc. They are happy to connect with
you. They live in the here and now, which is a good idea
for anyone to follow.
2. Don't prejudge people at the
senior center. The frail looking older person may be more
active and more positive and better educated, more experienced,
more traveled, and have a better personality than you think.
They have a lot to offer, not just to receive.
3. People come to the senior center to have
fun. They have fun with the activities and have fun with
the other participants. This is way more fun than work.
4. The senior center is a platform to meet
new friends. People who have lived all over the country.
Who have traveled all over the country during their career.
They don't speak much about their previous work life but
they will share their life experiences.
5. It has amazed me how much in common I
have with people. I have meet two couples who are at their
40th anniversary just like Mary Ann and me. Comparing travel
experiences like cruises taken and places travel and favorite
places visited is always fun and you see you really do connect.
6. The socialization is always fun. There
is always new people to meet and if you can stay active
in your visits then you will have plenty of opportunities
to connect with people and acquire new friends.
Just like I have heard about living
in 55 and Over Communities, it's the people that make
the senior centers special. You may not know what a senior
center is or does, but put away the stereotypes you may
have and become a regular at your senior center. You will
enrich your life by doing so.
About the author
Robert Fowler, age 65 participates at the
Active Adult Center at Newtown Park in Johns Creek Georgia.
He has participated in the walking club, library club, lunch
and learn, Bocce Ball, Golden Games, several classes including
AARP Driver Safety and Smart 911.