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With Edina’s demographics being the oldest in the Twin Cities, the Edina Senior Center is a busy place. The City’s Park & Recreation Department also holds programming for adults ages 55 and older. To increase membership at the Senior Center and meet demand for senior programming, the City would like to find answers to the following questions. 

What kind of programs are you interested in that you can’t find at the Edina Senior Center and aren’t offered by Edina Parks & Recreation?

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Joel Stegner, Community volunteer about 1 month ago

Many people give up competitive sports by the time they get into their 50s, although swimming, golf and tennis have their devotees. First, I think that would be nice to provide three age tiers for sports like softball, volleyball, basketball and soccer - starting small. With softball, you have 18+ and 35+ leagues. Add a 50+ league. For volleyball you have 18+ - add on age tier 35+ and consider another later. For soccer, which is not offered as far as I know, sponsor an 18+ league or town team and consider a 35+ and 50+ team later. You might be able to get the youth associations to work with you.

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Carla Hawley about 1 month ago

It would nice to offer support for some of the "newer" games, such as pickle ball.

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RuthAnn Metzger about 1 month ago

Like I said in the previous discussion item: Since I have been using the Edina Sr. Center the past 2 years for my exercise classes, I am now very disappointed that with the split from Edina Community Ed I can no longer be reimbursed $20/ month by HealthPartners when I do 12 exercise classes in a month. I have been working with Nicole the Director of the Edina Sr. Center for about 2 months to get the Sr. Center set up with NIHCA like the Edina Community Ed had & has. Every time I would be told no & given a reason which I would propose an alternative to -- now it has boiled down to the Sr. Center does not have the $500 per year to belong to NIHCA. Why did the Sr. Center have to do a hard split from Edina Community Ed? This is a benefit ($20/month) that someone paying the high insurance premiums today should be able to take advantage of since insurance companies recognize that to stay healthy people need to exercise! I am especially angry since the City of Edina had $30,000 dollars to have a consulting firm study the Dan Patch Passenger Rail which the residents do not want but cannot pay $500 for something that seniors can benefit from! If seniors could exercise at the Sr. Center & get $20 back per month from their insurance company, it would be an advertising plus for the Sr. Center & help it grow with more people attending & learning what all goes on there. I certainly tell people what all the Sr. Center had to offer but like I said right now I am very disappointed about no longer being able to get $20 per month back from HealthPartners when I do 12 exercise classes or more per month.

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Kaylin Eidsness admin 25 days ago

[Comment from Vergene Routhe] Exercise for us seniors is the most important! Christie is an excellent instructor!

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Kaylin Eidsness admin 25 days ago

[Comment from Senior Center member] Senior bus trips are too expensive. $70x50 people = $3,500. The tour guide is a volunteer. Gas and drier should not cost that much! Lunches could not cost over $20, where does the rest of the money go?

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Kaylin Eidsness admin 24 days ago

[Comment from Senior Center member] I take yoga. I'm interested in getting reimbursed from my insurance. Other centers do this.

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