Though the A/V system failed to cooperate, Cathy Stallup’s presentation to Rotarians on Monday was full of fascinating information. We all know that our community is growing rapidly, and will continue to do so, but it was startling to see that the number of senior citizens (aged 60+) will increase from 49,000, or 16% of the population, to nearly 70,000, or 20% of the population in just ten years. As Cathy said with a smile, “seniors rule! And if you’re not one yet, just wait awhile and you’ll get your turn!”
Cathy is Executive Director of one of Durham’s most valuable resources, the Durham Center for Senior Life (DCSL). In addition to the center downtown at 406 Rigsbee Avenue, there are three additional satellite facilities: one in Bahama at the Little River Community Complex; one at the W.D. Hill Parks and Recreation Center at 1308 Fayetteville Street; and one at Priess Steele, which is currently closed for renovations.
The Center provides numerous programs designed to assist and support seniors and disabled citizens such as transportation to and from the sites; congregate lunches five days a week; adult day health services to improve fitness in older adults, promote chronic disease self-management, and teach safe exercise and movement for those suffering from arthritis or other debilitating conditions. [Read more…]