FF Senior Center celebrates 25 yearsPublished 11:37am Tuesday, October 30, 2012
For 25 years, seniors in Fergus Falls have had a place to call their own, and although it has undergone many changes throughout the year, the sense of belonging it offers hasn’t changed.
The Senior Center on Lincoln Avenue celebrated its 25th anniversary Monday, and with all of the changes that have been made to the center recently, there were a lot of things to celebrate.
“We’re offering everything we can to keep people healthier longer,” said Senior Center Director Kathy Sporre.
Activities at the Senior Center focus on the seven dimensions of wellness: Physical, social, spiritual, emotional, vocational, environmental and intellectual, she said.
“We’re trying to get people to be more proactive in the aging process these days,” Sporre said. “We want people to get more intentional and proactive, so they can maintain cognitive and physical abilities as they age.”
Monday’s 25th anniversary open house was a way to bring in new people who might be interested in becoming members and display some of the improvements that have been made recently, she said.
A giant mural was painted on the back of the building to represent the seven dimensions of wellness. The painting was done by volunteers and 100 gallons of paint was donated from Valspar.
Much of the inside of the center was also painted recently. Volunteers painted, renovated and decluttered areas throughout the building, Sporre said.
The open house went better than Sporre expected, she said. The number of new member sign-ups exceeded her expectations, and she was surprised at the number of people who came through.
At $15 per year, Sporre said she has noticed an increase in younger members recently. The minimum age required to become a member is 55, and she said there are more 60 to 74-year-olds joining than ever before.