Senior Commission identifies top needs from Senior Center questionnaire

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Following two months of not being able to move forward on business items, the Winters Senior Commission on Aging met on Wednesday, Sept. 14 to look over responses from the Winter Senior Center questionnaire and strategies on how to move forward with activities and programs.

Chair Cheryl Sandoval said they received 43 responses (eight online and 35 paper format) to the survey the Senior Commission sent out to gather feedback on what topics and issues the upcoming Winters Senior Center should focus on.

The top three categories identified include:

  • 70 percent: exercise, fitness, dance, walking classes
  • 67 percent: transportation, trips, tours
  • 63 percent: classes for yoga/meditation

Sandoval told the Express that Senior Commissioners discussed what they could focus on now that they have community feedback.

“We’re looking at other ways to get started even though we don’t have a senior center.

Senior Commissioners reviewed programs and activities currently in existence or that could be developed using current resources.

Commissioner Eleanor Yeatman volunteered to lead a Walking Group on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting at 8 a.m., and on Sundays at 1 p.m. Individuals interested in participating should meet in front of the Winters Community Center near the doors with access to the parking lot.

Sandoval said if one person or more arrives at the start time, the walk will happen. And, everyone walks at their own risk.

Sandoval said the Senior Commission will work to help spread the word about the Winters Senior Foundation’s current senior programs including:

  • Yoga on Wednesdays starting at 9:30 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Church.
  • Socialization & Game Day on Thursdays from 1–3:30 p.m. at St Anthony’s Church.

Signs are posted at St. Anthony’s to guide community members who want to participate.

A luncheon is currently being considered through a collaboration with WSF. The location and details will be released if they decide to move forward with it.

Seeking a commissioner
Commissioner Wally Pearce resigned from his seat effective Wednesday Sept. 14. City staff will work to recruit to fill the vacant position.

City staff are recommending the City Council to appoint Karen Croley to fill a Senior Commision seat left vacant when Commissioner Valerie Whitworth resigned from the Winters Senior Commission on Aging in March 2022. The term expires in June 2023.

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