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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. 

Do you visit the Edina Senior Center? If so, what do you think about the programs and classes at the Edina Senior Center as well as the trips the Center plans?

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Joel Stegner, Community volunteer about 1 month ago

I joined the Senior Center but did not really use the programs and did not renew. It has a nice array of services, particularly for retired seniors, but we're really not set up to be used by those who are still working. My partner and I did one class, but it was scheduled during the day, when she was working. I feel that the Center needs to think about three demographic groups and have some programming for each - seniors who are working, healthy seniors who are retired and seniors who are retired and more compromised in terms of health. This gets away from the stereotype than all seniors are the same, more commonly held by younger adults who most often set up programs. And of course, the second group is probably the ones you most have in mind.

Another thing that is a complicating factor is that between the city, community ed, religious organizations and other non profits, there are so many options, and connecting with the right ones is confusing. I would recommend that the city convene all organizations serving seniors, to figure out a way to cross sell services, as all these groups focus on senior well being - and including other city departments such as police and fire (including EMS). Even the city's liquor stores should be consulted, as depressed seniors can drink too much without it being visible, as many in retirement don't have a daily schedule of activities.

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Sharon Soderlund about 1 month ago

My husband and I have been members for 3 years. I participate in the Edina Poetry Club and take occasional classes. My husband and I both sing in the Edina Singing Seniors, a 40-some member chorus that rehearses on Mondays at 11:30-1:30 at the center and leads sing-alongs at nursing homes several times a month. We are retired and can get to daytime classes at the center, but I agree with Joel Stegner. It would be great if the center could also offer classes and events in the evenings for seniors who are in the workforce and unable to attend daytime classes and events.

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Kaylin Eidsness admin about 1 month ago

[Comment from Ann M.] We use the senior center and are very pleased. We are very appreciative of the recent activities offered.

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Kaylin Eidsness admin about 1 month ago

[Comment from Tricia O'Donnell] I think the senior center needs a fitness machines room. Some classes offered are just not active enough for younger seniors.

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david Lund about 1 month ago

i frequent esc 1 or 2 days a week, mostly for duplicate bridge games. i volunteer to run one of those games. i find esc to be a pleasant facility, well-run by paid staff & volunteers. more handicap parking spots would be helpful. thanks.

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RuthAnn Metzger about 1 month ago

I joined the Sr. Center several years before I retired to get an idea of what it offered. When I retired in July of 2015 I started doing day trips with the Sr. Center, doing Gentle Yoga once per week & am now doing it twice a week. Last winter I took the Agility, Balance, Core classes twice a week. Last year I took the Pella, IA overnight trip & would take it again. In Oct I am going on the NYC trip. I love the variety of exercise classes, day trips, & overnight trips and that the Sr. Center is in the same building as the Library so that 1 trip can cover several items! I have been paying property taxes in Edina for 27 years & have no children so please do not screw up the Sr. Center now that I am using it!

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Kaylin Eidsness admin 28 days ago

[Comment from Senior Center member] I'd like to see more plays and concerts downtown.

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Kaylin Eidsness admin 28 days ago

[Comment from Senior Center member] Yes, it's good. I see the movies and do yoga. I'd like to see more great discussions, classes and speakers. I haven't tried any of the trips yet.

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Martha Albrecht 27 days ago

Yes. I've been attending Yoga classes for several years and appreciate the location and Wendy the instructor.

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Kaylin Eidsness admin 26 days ago

[Comment from Mary] The Edina Senior Center is a great community that enjoys outstanding programs and activities.

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Kaylin Eidsness admin 25 days ago

[Comment from Vergene Routhe] I like the various options, sorry about cancellation of Spelling Bee. More computer/smart phone usage classes, please.

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Kaylin Eidsness admin 24 days ago

[Comment from Senior Center member] I attend just about all the programs (excellent). Play bridge a couple times a week.

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Kaylin Eidsness admin 24 days ago

[Comment from Senior Center member] They have been great!

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Kaylin Eidsness admin 24 days ago

[Comment from Catherine Cich] I do visit the Senior center and I like the sort of programs provided. I go to a class, and have taken a number of trips which I enjoyed very much. I see the results of other activities on posters and wall hangings. Impressive. I get the mailings about all of the activities and like the choices.

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