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To the Editor,
In September we have been celebrating Senior Center and Healthy Aging Month. While some observances may come and go, this one actually deserves some extra focus. The Norwalk Senior Center plays a critical role in our community. From classes to trips to a center for nutrition, you have read about most of it before
In fact, for 41 years the NSC has been a gateway to successful, healthy aging. We do a lot more that meets the eye, or what you see in the paper or even in our newsletter. We do provide programs and services to seniors age 60 plus. However, the needs and challenges are significantly different for the 60- to 70-year-old population compared to the 70- to 100-year-old members of our society.
You see, the NSC provides a continuum of services for our members. As they age, they take advantage of different programs in different ways. For our more active seniors, the NSC provides offerings such exercise, language and computer classes. At the far end of the spectrum, we offer classes in pre-need contracts for funeral services as well as estate planning and bereavement.
On a more practical basis, congregate meals are served at our 11 Allen Road facility as well as the Senior Center South at 92 Cedar Court. We deliver Meals on Wheels to individuals who are unable to shop or prepare meals for themselves. When a member is no longer able to drive, we provide transportation to our locations as well as weekly shopping and doctor's appointments.
The Senior Center has been designated a Community Focal Point and an Aging and Disability Resource Center. We have been given these honors by the Southwestern Area Agency on Aging and the city of Norwalk and in turn are expected to provide these services and to continually grow the marketplace we serve. As a part of our outreach, we solicit the input of our members and welcome the opinions of you, our community.
These designations and our continual process improvement are evidence of our ability and commitment to assist older adults age with dignity and independence. We provide one stop access for health insurance counseling and referrals. We offer assistance in applying for a multitude of entitlement programs. We see our role as providing streamlined access to long term care services and support for older adults and for all persons with disabilities.
We solicit your input, your participation, your referrals, your ideas and from time to time, your monetary support or volunteer hours. To find out more or get involved, please visit the Norwalk Senior Center website. For an even better look inside the operations and to see the operations, stop in for a tour of our facilities at 11 Allen Road or 92 Cedar Court.
Director, Norwalk Senior Center