Think about aging for yourself, whether you’re 36, 54, or 81. What do you want as you get older?
In our aging-averse culture, this question gets shunted to the side. Social convention leads us to view later years with fear and denial, conjuring up a bounty of negative images – frailty, decline, dependence and uselessness. But what if these images are flawed, narrow or overly simplistic?
So we happily hold this question up for you and those who connect here at Wallingford Community Senior Center. What do you want as you, and those around you, get older?
We hear answers that are as richly varied as the unique people who make up WCSC’s community. Many are aspirational. I want: My every day to have meaning and purpose. To continue to learn. To live with joy and gratitude. To experience kindness and compassion, and give the same in return. To discover my authentic self. To make a difference. We also hear clearly that people do NOT want to be discounted or underestimated. And they do not want to be alone.
“…Learn as if you were to live forever.”
This quote from Gandhi, helps guide Molly’s journey in aging. Discovering WCSC 7 years ago, Molly, an artist and natural helper, has brought her talents and heart here. What Molly wants, is to explore new ideas and still dream of possibility. To be seen and acknowledged. To laugh. She calls WCSC her community of support, resources, and caring, as she has faced her own challenges and changes.
Molly’s community. Where you can be encouraged or inspired in a conversation group or class on issues that matter to you. Where you are warmly welcomed and can meet new friends. Where you can have a warm meal when you’re hungry. Where you can find a social worker to help you through transitions, decisions, and a maze of resources. Where you can find a volunteer opportunity to gain purpose and give back.
This won’t happen without you. And without you, Molly’s community will not exist.
Back to the beginning: what do you want as you, and those around you, get older? We all have a part in this. Your gift creates positive opportunities and support seniors want and need. Your gift teaches. Your gift connects people otherwise alone. Your gift feeds – on many levels.
Kathleen Cromp, Executive Director
P.S. Please make your gift today. Make your gift because Molly and seniors like her need you to age with dignity! Your generosity makes this possible.