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New-style senior centers are in demand in N.J.
THURSDAY JUNE 21, 2012, 12:22 AM
BY COLLEEN DISKIN – STAFF WRITER, THE RECORD
They don’t want to listen to Sinatra; they want to learn how to play the guitar.They don’t want baked chicken and mashed potatoes; they want baked brie and cabernet.
And they certainly don’t want to go anyplace where the day’s biggest excitement is the visiting nurse checking their blood pressure.
Senior centers are being reinvented to cater to a baby boom generation looking for something different in a golden-years hangout. Many of these over-65 residents are in good health, working full time or taking care of grandchildren. They don’t want to be treated like they’re old — in fact many won’t even go to a place with “senior” over the door.
“I think the name, ultimately, is going to have to change at some point,” said Bonnie Leibowitz, co-president of the New Jersey Association of Senior Center Directors.
She added: “I have 90-year-olds who tell me they don’t want to be around older people all the time.”
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