For the past six years I have advocated on behalf of older adults and their families as Coordinator of the Springville Concord Elder Network. SCENe is a volunteer network dedicated to helping adults remain active and engaged members of our community.
For six years I have been learning about the concerns and interests of our older friends and neighbors. Subjects have ranged from accessibility to Alzheimers; book reviews to balance classes, caregiver support to computer courses, college level lectures to living with diabetes, elder fraud to estate planning, Euchre to exercise, finances to Facebook, health insurance to heating costs, Meals on Wheels to Medicare, painting to pickleball and water aerobics to wanderlust.
Most of all, I have heard over and over that Concord lacks centralization and coordination of adult services. People simply donít know what services/activities are available or where to access them. Concord has taken a big step forward by proposing a Senior Life Center as a community focal point for preferred and comprehensive services delivery to older people.
Since 2008, more than 5,000 people have participated in SCENe events. SCENe volunteers have contributed more than 12,300 hours of labor at a comparable value of $277,365. SCENe wants to continue to be an integral partner in improving the quality of life in Concord.
Please join me in voting YES on Tuesday Aug. 12 for the Concord Senior Center.