Activity vs. Isolation
Social media. Facebook, skype, email, texting, tweets, yadda yadda. In some ways, this has been a boon to our older population--and yes, many are very adept in computer-land. With the stroke of a few keys or buttons, you can be in touch with family, friends or organizations with like interests.
It's certainly a tool in reducing isolation to some degree. In some instances, getting out of the house is at the very least difficult, so staying in touch electronically can help. And some still prefer letter writing and the US Mail, thank you.
There are times, however, when face to face conversations in the flesh are more enjoyable--and beneficial. Hence the variously named Senior Centers, Activity Centers, Senior Activity Centers continue to be an active part of the community.
I know. For Boomers and a lot of others, it's the "senior" part of the name that gives us pause. Who is a "senior"? And at what age does it magically happen? Does that mean we're all "juniors" until then?
If you haven't been to one of these in a while, it's probably different than the picture in your head. Yes, there may still be cards and quilts; but there also might be speakers, yoga, dancing, tai chi and other exercise programs. Some also organize outings--and I've seen everything from whitewater rafting to out of town bus trips, to...?
We have a few in our county:
Raymond: The center offers congregate meals and other activities, plus is a base for Coastal Community Action Programs (CCAP). It's at 324 Jackson Street and you can call them at 360 942 5739
Ilwaco: Located at the Ilwaco Community Building (next to the hospital), it too offers congregate meals and other activities. For details, call 360 642 3990.
Klipsan Beach: The Peninsula Senior Activity Center offers a monthly calendar of events and membership is $15/year. To become a member, or get more information, call 360 665 3999.
This could be just a starting point for exploring venues where folks get together. Let's not forget churches, fraternal organizations and so on. Wherever you decide to check-out it could be well worth it. Staying connected, enjoying conversations, laughter and information sharing--it's called conversation, generally.
Getting involved definitely pushes isolation away--and that's a very good thing!
Information & Assistance
Long Beach: 642 3634/888 571 6558 Raymond: 942 2177/888 571 6557