As Baby Boomers age, senior advocates and the New York City administrators are bracing themselves for an influx of retirees that is expected to increase New York City’s aging population by a third between now and 2030.
On Thursdays at Rego Park Senior Center in Queens, a hundred or so elderly visitors bounce from line dancing to floral design class to a “hot topics” discussion session. In the center’s large main hall, splashed with flags, posters and activity boards, some visitors play mahjong for hours, while the more athletic seniors abandon their walkers for a ping-pong paddle.
“It’s fun, and makes me so happy because I have somewhere to go,” said Rose Visconte, a former radio announcer who comes to Rego Park four days a week, speaking in Chinese. “In the Philippines, I already learned Tai Chi. So, when I came here, I come to the senior center and lead the Tai-Chi Fan, Tai-Chi sword. I’m already 77 years old. When you want to be a healthy and happy person, do more activities.”
Administrators at senior centers in immigrant enclaves such as Rego Park have learned that seniors are more likely to show up at programs that offer activities they’re familiar with, as well as opportunities to hobnob with others that speak the same language.
Find the article for this video at - voicesofny.org/2012/09/special-project-graying-in-color/
Find out more about The Rego Park Senior Center, including how you can bring a senior to the center or volunteer - go to queenscommunityhouse.org/index.php/Senior--Centers/programs-rego-park-senior-center.html
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