Editorial: Senior center optimism neededAn article in Monday’s Daily Globe stated “members of the Senior Citizens Facility Committee are optimistic about their progress toward the realization of a facility” for Worthington’s seniors.
By: Daily Globe, Worthington Daily Globe
An article in Monday’s Daily Globe stated “members of the Senior Citizens Facility Committee are optimistic about their progress toward the realization of a facility” for Worthington’s seniors.
We hope the committee — as well as others throughout Worthington — can feed off this optimism. To say that Worthington needs a permanent home for seniors is an understatement, as many of the city’s older residents have been disenchanted and/or frustrated during the past few years by a lack of progress in this area. There were many who were disappointed that last November’s local option sales tax vote was oriented toward construction of a new community center — and not a new senior center (never mind that approval of the sales tax gives the city greater financial flexibility with regard to a new senior center).
While it’s not difficult to agree on the general concept of a permanent senior center, it’s much harder to reach a consensus on what may encompass such a facility. We believe a senior center should incorporate elements such as dining (now at American Reformed Church), fitness, technology (some sort of area for computer use), senior-oriented services and the current pool and card-playing opportunities ... and that’s for starters. It could be a “one-stop shop” for seniors with varying interests and needs.
Whether or not that’s a utopian ideal or a workable reality remains to be seen. We do hope, though, that optimism and enthusiasm prevail over more than just the short term.