Salem senior center considers cap on out-of-town members
During Monday’s meeting of the Board of Selectmen, Senior Services Patti Drelick shared the most recent statistics on activity at the local senior center.
As of July 1, the Ingram Senior Center had 2,564 registered members, though Drelick guessed that “at least 20 people have signed up since then.”
“This facility is at full capacity most of the time, and staff growth hasn’t met our increases,” she told selectmen. “The challenge now is daily operations. We very frequently see people circling around the parking lot for a space and many of our programs have a long waiting list.”
Meanwhile, the center remains a popular spot for members ranging in age from the early 60s through the late 90s.
Members have more than 200 programs to choose from, including Zumba and Pilates exercise classes and Zengevity, a movement class for frailer seniors concerned about keeping their memory sharp.
“It’s not unusual at all for me to arrive to work in the morning and find 20 or 30 members sitting in the parking lot waiting for me to open the doors,” Drelick said.
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