Watch Your Language September 2005
Watch your language!
I have been following with interest a discussion on an internet chat site for senior center directors about whether to continue to call their centers “senior centers.” One side of the conversation is concerned that using the term “senior” turns people off. We know that the definition of a senior is anyone 10 years older than oneself! Therefore, people won’t go to a senior center because it is for “old people, not me.” How do we attract the upcoming Boomers as they retire? We live in a culture that denies aging as the natural course of events. One only needs to look at the profits of the cosmetic, pharmaceutical, medical, fitness and entertainment industries to find confirmation of the billions that are spent to look and feel youthful. Listen to the language used on talk shows and in check-out counter magazines which tout new ways to “fight aging.” The folks on this side have chosen to call their centers “community centers” or just use the name of the building.
The other side of the dialogue argues for calling it like it is. Their participants are proud to be “seniors” and revel in their revered elder status in the community. They don’t hesitate to take the senior discounts to take public transit, shop, visit parks and historic landmarks and attend shows. They are determined to engage in civic ventures to remind the community how important seniors are in the vital support of faith communities, medical centers, libraries, schools and the many other non-profit organizations that rely on volunteer labor.
The conclusion I came to—as did many others—from this conversation and a similar one at the National Conference on Aging was that it doesn’t really matter what you call your center, it matters what you DO at that center. It matters what your ATTITUDE is about aging. Some of you call us “the Suzanne Patterson Center, ” some the “Senior Center, ” and others the “Princeton Senior Resource Center” (or some variation thereof!). Some liked the bulletin name change to “Mature Princeton”, and others didn’t. In the end, I think that our energy needs to be on what we do and our attitude. Do you find activities that are fun, informative, or make you feel better about yourself? Have you made new friends or deepened relationships? Have the staff been respectful and helpful? Have we helped you when you had a problem to resolve? Do you feel that your voice is heard?
The core values of the Princeton Senior Resource Center are to be inclusive-to assist all in the community who are 55 and older, regardless of income, education, ethnicity, or ability. We do this in a way that respects the dignity of those we serve, supporting aging in place in the community as long as possible and helping people make transitions when necessary.
On September 16 at 10:30 am, we will hold our annual participant forum. Come have a cup of tea and share with staff and board members your thoughts about PSRC and your ideas for what we can do in the coming year.
Susan W. Hoskins LCSW
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