Seniors in River Heights who have been pushing for more programming for older adults are finally getting their wish.
Officials with Corydon Community Centre plan to offer a free seniors drop-in program beginning Oct. 10. The program will be available to area seniors each Wednesday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the club’s River Heights site.
"We certainly found a gap in services for older-adults in the Crescentwood, River Heights and Fort Rouge area… it’s the only area in the whole city that doesn’t have a seniors centre," said Judy Asker, the community centre’s older-adult program consultant.
"There’s probably over 11,000 older-adults in the area, and there’s no seniors centre, and very little seniors programming," added Asker, whose job is to identify programming needs and help get seniors involved at the centre.
Chuck Cruden, 78, acknowledged there’s a lack of seniors activities in the area. He said he’s been lobbying the community centre to do something about it for several years.
"I think there’s a real need for a social outlet for senior people. There’s a lot of people who don’t get out of their homes," Cruden said.
Community centre management decided to offer the drop-in program after receiving a grant from the New Horizons for Seniors Program. The funding enabled the centre to hire Asker and establish programming geared towards seniors.
Asker said the drop-in program was started in hopes of garnering support for a seniors centre that could be operated by the community club.
"We’re just looking at the model now and seeing if a seniors centre would work in the area," she said.
The drop-in program will offer different activities each Wednesday of the month, including iPad and iPhone training, lunch and learn sessions, games and movies.
Corydon Community Centre manager Jim Carson said he believes the community centre should take a lead role in providing programming for the community, including area seniors.
"We are, and should be so much more than just a sports facility," he said.
"(River Heights is) an area that could certainly use a (seniors) centre and some sort of seniors programming facility. We don’t have it, which is a bit of a shame."
Cruden said he’s happy to see more senior programming being offered at the centre, and hopes the programs continue to expand.
"I truly believe there’s a need. I think they should be at all three of the centres’ (locations)," he said.
For more information on the senior drop-in program go to centralcorydoncc.com.