Putting seniors in step with health and wellness, Open house May 2

Expanded senior center facility meets growing demand for aging programs and services

 
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April 24, 2014 -- The dust has settled and local seniors are stepping into an expanded Concord Senior Center facility. The $370,000 investment by the County adds 1,141 square feet of exercise, fitness and education rooms to the multipurpose senior center.
 
Cabarrus County Active Living and Parks department will host an open house at the Concord Senior Center (331 Corban Ave., Concord) on Friday, May 2, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. At the open house, residents can take an active tour of the facilities, participate in free class demonstrations, talk to class instructors and enjoy a meet-and-greet with staff. A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 1 p.m., followed by light refreshments and door prizes.
 
Concord Senior Center Open House
 
Friday, May 2, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
 
More info: 704-920-3484
“The renovated facility is modern and has the equipment one would expect at a fitness or education center,” said Susan Donaldson, program manager for the Cabarrus senior centers. “There is no membership fee for the senior centers and many of their programs are free. Most group classes and events have a nominal fee to participate.”
 
Last year, there were more than 31,000 visits to the fSenior Center 2 4-25-14.jpgacility. Programs at the senior centers allow local residents, ages 50 and older, to participate in fitness, social and educational activities in a group setting or as individuals. The senior centers are open year round with a variety of programs for all levels of activity and ability.
Cabarrus County serves the needs of local seniors through two County departments. The Active Living and Parks Department administers social, health and wellness activities at two senior center locations (Concord and Mt. Pleasant) and through programs at each of the County’s parks. The Cabarrus Department of Human Services assists seniors with social and economic programs, like the LunchPlus congregate meal program, which provides free meals to seniors at five locations across Cabarrus.
 
The senior center expansion is an example of how Cabarrus is preparing to meet the growing demand for aging programs and services as Baby Boomers turn 65. The 2010 Census indicates there were 20,085 residents ages 65 and older in Cabarrus. According to the Office of State Budget and Management, by 2030, there will be 40,653 adults ages 65 and older; a percentage statistically equal to the projected percentage school-aged children (ages 5-17) in Cabarrus County—each accounting for 17 percent of the population.
 
This slow but steady projected shift in the population could have a substantial impact on future County operations. Facilities, like the senior centers, and programs through DHAging Strategic 4-25-14.jpgS help the County forecast the needs of the senior population and effectively match those with operations and resource allocation.
 
Cabarrus County recently introduced a proposed Aging Strategic Plan to the Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners, which will discuss it further at its July meeting. To read the proposed plan, click here.
 
To accompany the plan, five Cabarrus County seniors shared their personal stories of the impact Cabarrus County programs and services had on their lives.