Hello Center Participants!

As we head in to March and we start to witness the on-again-off again signs of Spring, I often find myself thinking about new opportunities and activities.

I’ve had the pleasure of getting an early start on my Spring infusion of “newness” by practicing in my new role of Senior Center and Senior Services Manager. I love learning and meeting new and fascinating people. Thank you all for your warm welcome. I will be striving to provide all Madison residents with a place to participate in meaningful successful aging activities. If we haven’t met yet, please stop in and say hello, I’m anxious to meet you!

Speaking of Spring…you may want to consider a few new pursuits yourself! Engaging in activities that help you to avoid disease and disability, that maintain brain health and physical function, and that keep you engaged socially will enhance your quality of life today, and positively influence your quality of life in the years ahead.

“I’m too young for the Senior Center” or “I don’t feel old enough to go to the Senior Center” Have you heard these phrases before? Did you know? Ageism is sometimes practiced by those who are aging, and it can interfere with their ability to achieve happiness and engage in a healthy lifestyle. Many Centers are working to eliminate the stigma of aging. Please consider bringing a friend or relative to the Center to introduce them to all the wonderful things happening here! What ideas do you have to make our Center more appealing to people 55 and up? Let us know!

Whether you are new to the Center or a regular participant I challenge you to check out one or two new activities this month. I’d love to hear about your new experience. You can email me at sspaeni@cityofmadison.com with your comments. Check out our calendar in this issue of the Messenger, or watch for event announcements on Twitter or on our Facebook page – Madison Senior Center!

May your activities and thoughts today count toward a healthy and happy tomorrow!


Sally Jo

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