As the Baby Boomer generation ages, the role of community senior centers is changing in order to meet the needs of this growing senior population. Research listed in the June 2006 edition of AARP indicates that Baby Boomers have a different approach to aging than previous generations. 87% are interested in staying fit and healthy, 72% want to spend more time on their interests and hobbies, and 43% would like to take classes or learn something new.
In an effort to meet these changing needs, the Lubbock Senior Center has added several new features to the center to attract younger patrons, while still serving the needs of their current participants. Improvements include the addition of an updated fitness center with treadmills, elliptical machines, recumbent bikes and spin bikes. Individuals aged 50 or older are able to use this equipment during open hours at no charge. In addition, a new café-style seating area with wireless capabilities has been created where patrons can surf the web on their laptops, read a book, and enjoy a cup of coffee.
With many Boomers continuing to work as they delay retirement, the Center will now be staying open on Tuesday evenings until 8:00 p.m. and will begin offering new classes in February on Tuesday nights including Jazzercise Lite and Chair Massage. Other classes offered this spring are Gourd Painting, Ceramics, Machine Sewing, Quilting, Sewing, Floral Arranging, AARP Driving Course, Bowling, Computers, Crafts, Walking Club, Fitness, and Gardening.
To introduce these new amenities to the public, the Lubbock Senior Center will be hosting an Open House on Saturday, January 19, 2008, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Participants will enjoy light refreshments, take tours of the facility, meet center staff and instructors, try out the fitness equipment and participate in demonstrations, including free chair massages from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Lubbock Senior Center is located at 2001 19th Street and is open Mondays and Wednesday-Friday from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Tuesdays from 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
For more information, contact Paula Brown at (806) 767-2710.
Source: City of Lubbock
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