Knoxville, Tenn. (Jan. 27, 2011) — The number of seniors taking advantage of services offered at Knox County senior centers grew by more than 13,000 in 2010, compared to 2009. Senior Centers offer many services and opportunities for seniors to become involved in their community.
Senior citizens are one of Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett’s top priorities, and he believes they will benefit from the growth seen at the county’s senior centers.
“Senior Services Director Hemal Tailor and the staff and volunteers at our centers continue to provide great service to our senior citizens,” Mayor Burchett said. “Operating top notch senior centers is one way we are able to show our seniors just how thankful we are for all that they have done for Knox County.”
Because of the various opportunities and activities offered, senior centers continue to grow. In 2010, nearly 103,000 senior citizens used the services offered at Knox County’s senior centers, compared to just over 90,000 in 2009. The Knox County Senior Services Department continues to plan and prepare for even more participation in the future.
Throughout the county, there are five centers with experienced staff that all provide the best assistance for seniors. Tailor says the staff and volunteers at Knox County senior centers work hard to ensure senior citizens have an enjoyable experience.
“The services we offer seniors in Knox County are of the highest quality,” Tailor said. “Programs at our centers are creative, essential and help make a difference in their lives.”
At the various centers, seniors can participate in any of the various activities each center provides, including several recreational opportunities like exercising, quilting, bingo, arts and crafts, billiards, cards, dominos, line dancing, swimming, Tai Chi, and Wii Bowling. Senior centers also provide social programs such as “lunch and learns,” as well as several rooms that can be used for exercise, computer labs, arts and crafts, and other purposes. One center even has a swimming pool.
More information about Knox County Senior Services can be found at http://knoxcounty.org/seniors.