New Senior Center Director plans to expand activities at Tecumseh Community Center
The Tecumseh Senior Center, a part of the Lenawee County Department on Aging, has a new director with some new ideas for expanding services. Megan Porter started her new role on December 26 and hopes to attract more seniors to the Center by offering more fun and interesting activities to its line-up.
“I’m not sure the Senior Center is as well known as it could be,” said Porter, who has already taken some steps by visiting downtown businesses, looking for ways that seniors can interact in the community and the community can come to them.
“We already have activities such as exercise classes, line dancing and card games,” said Porter. “I’m also interested in having people come in to do demonstrations or share hobbies or teach a skill that seniors might be interested in. Having a seminar or workshop can help keep the mind active, and we want to provide both mental and physical activities.”
Porter has worked at Cambrian Assisted Living as a nurse’s aide for the past three years, and since taking her new position is continuing to help out there on weekends. She has been studying criminal justice and pre-law at Washtenaw Community College, but said her experiences with seniors have begun to alter her direction a bit.
“I just fell in love with working with seniors at Cambrian, and I’m looking more to going down that road now because I love interacting with them,” said Porter. “I think it’s really important for our city and community to come together and help seniors. They are the foundation of our city. It’s important that the younger generation helps take care of their needs by offering activities and programs that help seniors stay active.”
The Center is open from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and a meal for seniors, along with Meals on Wheels for the homebound, are still operated out of the Tecumseh Community Center at 703 E. Chicago Blvd., Tecumseh.
“Our meals will go back to a serving time of noon each weekday, beginning Monday, Feb. 11,” Porter said. Nutritious meals are prepared by Connie Potes, head cook, and Toni Reinke and Betty Hyatt, assistant cooks.
The Community Center now has more space in its open room for such activities as Exercise with Sue at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and line dancing, which is held at 9:30 a.m. on Mondays. Furniture that used to make up a sitting area near the kitchen is now housed in former Tecumseh Parks and Recreation office space, with a small library and chairs just inside the door, a seating area where seniors may watch a large television, and a place to put jigsaw puzzles together.
“We also have a new ping-pong table,” said Porter. “They’re actually recruiting more players for that.” Ping Pong takes place on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.
The Tecumseh Senior Center will continue popular events such as a March 14 St. Patrick’s Day Party at 11 a.m. when Lenawee seniors come together at the center for a full day of activities. Porter has also prepared a brochure which notes a variety of activities that take place at the center throughout the year.
“One of the nicest things is that this gives seniors a place to go not only to keep busy, but to socialize and meet new friends,” she said. “Watching people find friends here is one of the things I like to observe.”
For more information or to suggest a potential activity or seminar, call 423.5939.