Did you know that September is National Senior Center Month? Neither did I. I’d like to blame the ignorance on poor promotion of the event but it could also be a result of my age. At 23 years old, senior centers don’t often cross my mind. But maybe they should because it’s never too soon to prepare for the future. Also because I really like the show Golden Girls and anything that makes me more similar to the Core Four is a good thing.
Things that I learned while at the Center:
1. Seniors do not like to go on camera and read. They will avoid you like the plague if you are carrying camera equipment within a hundred feet.
2. Jazzercise is a very popular, well attended class that works out to such current musicians as The Black Keys and Carly Rae Jepsen. The only difference between the class and a frat party was the noticeable lack of kegs.
3. The seniors did not look like the seniors in my head. I expected a group of elderly, Werther’s dispensing, blanket knitting, blue haired ladies. What I found is 70 is the new 60, 60 is the new 50 and 50 is the new 30. Some of these ladies looked like they just came from dropping their kids off at Brownies, not like they should be AARP members.
4. I thought Senior Centers were places where you came to play bingo and share sewing patterns. By the front door is a calendar outlining all the events and presentations going on for the month. That calendar was so full it looked like the President’s publicity tour dates.
Even though I am hoping to be as fabulous as Blanche when I’m in my seventies and live in a trendy house in Miami with my three best friends having adventures and surviving hijinks together, if that’s not entirely possible, then I guess a senior center isn’t so bad. I mean, these ladies rock out to The Black Keys, what more could I ask for?