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Senior center
By Gretchen Klein


December 07, 2006
Thursday PM

Ketchikan has experienced a lot of white swirling snow and high gusts of wind. The hustle and bustle of holiday celebrations is in the air in Ketchikan. Thank you to all the volunteers who simply make a difference in many people's lives in Ketchikan and across the state. It is also a good time to stand up and ask what can we do as a community to help improve the lives of folks around us.

During a recent lunch hosted by the Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce at the S.E. Senior Center the hot topic was lack of space and the need for fun activities. "Audience members voiced the need for a new facility. A place to come for fun: live music, dancing, exercise, and better transportation schedules." The multi-functioning facility has many limitations including tight seating, steep stairs up to the art room, and the lack of parking.

The center's bus drivers do the best they can to reach home bound seniors with hot meals, and take many to appointments, shopping, and to the grocery market. This need is much greater than many of us realize, and coordinating pick-ups and deliveries is mind-boggling. What a daunting job it is to coordinate everything in a facility like this one. Those front-line workers don't get thanked enough, and could use a pat on the back and a cheerful smile. They are the quiet heroes who enable many of our parents and grandparents to get out of their houses for socialization, hot meals, and many appointments.

Our leaders will be pondering future projects for the community. Senior facilities don't seem like a luxury - they are necessary especially when we think how many of us will be using them not too many years from now. It is a wonderful time of year to start thinking of a senior center as a priority for the whole community.

Gretchen Klein
Ketchikan, Alaska

Received December 07, 2006 - Published December 07, 2006



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