(Dec. 6, 2018) It’s a Friday afternoon, which to visitors of the Saltmarsh Center, means there are board games to play, coffee to drink and cookies to eat. Kathy Grieder and Linda Patton, who have been participating in the center’s events for three years, are sitting at a table playing a friendly domino game called Mexican Train. Grieder, with a coffee in her right hand and a domino in her left, chuckles to herself and begins and talk about what the Saltmarsh is all about.

“You know, we aren’t a bunch of old people drooling,” she said. “There a lot of very vibrant people who come here who are active in the community. For us, it is like our own little clubhouse where we can get together and socialize. We want more people who are on the younger side of 60 to know that. We want them to know that this place is the gathering spot on the island for active seniors.”

The Saltmarsh Senior Center is for anyone age 60 and up. Program director Laura Stewart said that board games aren’t all it has to offer. Other services include helping people understand how to use smartphones as well as more active pursuits like aerobic exercise. Stewart says she hopes more people who meet the age requirement decide to come in and find some fellowship. The Saltmarsh is always looking for ways to bring more younger seniors in.

 

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