Senior Center in Alachua County
They're all dressed up with no where to go, but some senior citizens are trying to change that. They're fighting for a senior center in Alachua County. It's one of the only counties in Florida without one. Community members are hoping today's meeting is the first step towards building one.
"It's important to be involved in your community. We're getting more and more seniors so it's getting more and more important," says Meg Malanaphy of Gainesville.
Meg says seniors need a place to go in Alachua County, somewhere to make friends and socialize. She says many seniors are lonely.
"If I were moving to a new city, the first thing I'd do is go to a senior center and make contacts," says Meg.
This is exactly why people from Senior Times Magazine and The Community Coalition for Older Adults are holding today's forum.
One of the questions they must answer though, is where will the money come from to build it?
Bust advocates say it would be money well spent.
County Commissioner Cynthia Chestnut says the elderly are often overlooked.
"We want seniors to be able to age in place, and stay active, and in order for them to stay active, they need a community outlet to do so," says Chestnut.
More than 150 seniors gathered at the Paramount Plaza Hotel, and started brain storming ideas for the possible senior center. Thalia Hayden WCJB TV20 News
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