Philadelphia, PA – Today, Department of Aging Acting Secretary Robert Torres spoke at the ribbon cutting ceremony and building dedication at Firehouse Active Adult Center, hosted by the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA), and congratulated the staff and community on the center's grand reopening. Firehouse Active Adult Center hosts fitness and exercise classes, arts and cultural activities, billiards, line dancing, computer instruction classes, and more activities for seniors.
"Senior community centers are an essential linkage in distributing aging services and promoting a positive quality of life for older adults," said Acting Secretary Torres. "This grand reopening showcases the many opportunities available to local seniors to keep them engaged, socializing, and thriving in their community."
President and CEO of the PCA Holly Lange welcomed the audience and introduced Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, who noted the importance of senior centers to older adults, and the many purposes they serve for the community. Several additional speakers addressed the crowd and applauded the center's reopening, including legislators, city officials, Firehouse staff, and more. Following all speakers was the ribbon cutting ceremony, refreshments, and a tile-making event for attendees to have their pieces displayed throughout the center in May.
"PCA is proud to have worked with the city of Philadelphia to have refurbished this fine building and we are excited to reopen the senior center," said PCA President and CEO Holly Lange. "Senior centers serve a vital function for older adults. They provide a place to gather, socialize, exercise, take classes, and enjoy a meal. Many seniors from west Philadelphia will benefit from the reopening of this facility."
Pennsylvania's senior community centers offer varying social activities, informative programs, creative arts, exercise classes, volunteer opportunities, community services, special events, and more, in addition to providing a nutritious congregate meal. To learn more about senior community centers, click here.
To learn more about the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, click here.
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