One nonprofit organization aims to give local senior citizens another outlet to enjoy and improve their retired lives.
The Center for Creative Living, 3501 SW Dr. Elsie Hamm Drive, is a United Way-backed agency that provides several programs for seniors in the area. CCL Executive Director Dick Huck said the center offers about 140 different programs and activities to help meet the needs of the senior population, and most are offered at no cost.
"We don't have a membership fee; it's all open," Huck said. "They feel that our programs help meet the needs of a retired person and that it can help the quality of life. We have a broad base we may have husband and wife participate, or might have a widow that just lost her loved one, and we give opportunities to eliminate isolationism. The biggest thing is to get them up, get out and get active."
He said there are about 1,800 clients that the center provides service for on a regular basis, and about 150 will go through the center each day. Some of the activities include games, crafts, exercise activities, social services and educational seminars.