The city of Bloomington has announced a partnership with the Area 10 Agency on Aging and IU Health Bloomington – Alzheimer’s Resource Service to open a senior center this year. Funding for the first steps of the plan is currently underway.
The partnership is working to launch social and recreational opportunities for area seniors in an established centrally-located facility.
At its allocation hearing May 13, the Jack Hopkins Social Service Funding Committee recommended approval for Area 10’s application for $9,775 to start the project.
The City’s Parks and Recreation Department, Community and Family Resources Department and IU Health Bloomington – Alzheimer’s Resource Service have secured supplementary funds and materials to support the center’s launch during the summer of 2019, according to a news release.
Plans for the center include providing part-time staffing and programming in an existing, currently unoccupied property in a convenient location. After the pilot period, the partners will evaluate the center’s success to determine future plans.
“Area 10 hosts a vibrant senior community center for Monroe and Owen counties, but we hear all the time how folks want what we offer in Ellettsville to be available in Bloomington,” said Area 10 Agency on Aging Chief Executive Officer Chris Myers in a news release. “The partnership that has formed between the City, IU Health, and Area 10 reflects the genuine interest that exists among community leaders to find creative ways to meet this need. From my many community conversations, I have no doubt that if we build it, they will come!”