Senior community conversation Monday
by Glenn Moore
Dec 06, 2013 | 1074 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Tracy senior citizens and baby boomers will have a chance to share their thoughts about needs and services for the local aging community during two Community Conversations on Monday, Dec. 9 at the Tracy Community Center, 950 East St.

The two meetings, at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., will let seniors, caregivers and community members talk directly with the city staff, including representatives from police, fire and code enforcement departments.

Cynthia Gustafson, 52, one of three residents appointed to a senior steering committee at the Oct. 15 City Council meeting, will be there, too.

“We want to hear what people want to see for our community, having their needs addressed,” Gustafson said.

Topics will range from safety to existing and needed services for local seniors, including the Lolly Hansen Senior Center.

As they left the senior center Thursday morning, Dec. 5, Stephen and Anita Ridolfi said they had just heard about the meeting, and they had plenty of ideas about what should be discussed.

“We need better senior communication,” Stephen Ridolfi, 67, said. “We need a newsletter or bulletin board. We don’t use email.”

Anita Ridolfi, 65, hoped someone would speak up about expanding services.

“I would like to see if they can have a fitness center just for seniors. More seniors are getting health conscious,” she said. “They need to increase the hours here (Lolly Hansen Senior Center) and get more senior parking.”

Barbara McGeorge, 68, was considering attending one of Monday’s meetings and hoped to see a big turnout.

“The senior center is too small. Tracy has grown, and the senior center is the same size its always been,” McGeorge said. “It’s just too small for a city our size.”

Another of her concerns involved streetlights in town: “I can hardly see on my court. They are kind of dim.”

Gustafson, the steering committee member, said it was important for baby boomers —born between 1946 and 1964 — to attend, to plan for the future needs of the growing senior population.

“We just need to do a better job to get services to the seniors,” she said.

At the meeting, city employees will be grouped with seniors and other community members and will have a chance to talk together and ask questions.

Gustafson said the results of the two Community Conversations would determine whether a future senior advisory commission is needed in Tracy.

The other two members appointed to the senior steering committee are Bill Aragon and Brent Riddle.

They will be joined Monday by parks commissioner Walter Gouveia, planning commissioner Jass Sangha, arts commissioner Mercedes Silveira-Gouveia and transportation commissioner Daniel Ramey.

• Contact Glenn Moore at 830-4252 or gmoore@tracypress.com.

 

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