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B'ville: A senior rec center

Why did you become director?

Arrdis Egan, who I had the good fortune to work with for many years, retired.

What does the position and facility mean to you?

The position means validation for years of serving the senior population and the facility to be able to showcase these services.

Why encourage seniors to get involved with Canton Woods?

If you don't use it, you lose it!

We have something for everyone here, be it active (aerobics) to passive (cards), just two of the hundreds of programs offered. We have two outstanding outreach workers who can help with all entitlement programs and many problems connected to aging. We have the "B'ville Express" to help with rides to doctors, pharmacy, the center and more and a travel program from one day local trips to any place in the world. Both of these programs have won state awards.

You want to volunteer? The center uses well over 200 people to keep it running. Without them, we could not do what we do. But, the most important reason to get involved at the center is the social aspect. The people here are wonderful and caring and you will feel welcome. Feeling welcome is a trademark at the woods.

How has the center fared though the years?

That's an easy one -- the center has boomed! In my 20 years, membership has grown from 600 to more than 2300.

What do you see in the center's future?

Growth, not only Canton Woods, but senior centers as a whole.

Senior centers are preventative maintenance, they're cost effective and the right thing to do because it gives our ever-growing senior population a quality of life they have earned and deserve. Preventative maintenance because they keep seniors active and productive members of the community. Cost effective because an assisted living facility costs two to five thousand dollars a month, a nursing home eight to 10 thousand a month. Most seniors or their family cannot cover these costs and some for only a short time. In the end, the taxpayer picks up the tab.

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