8th District Senior Activities UpdateRelease Date: 2019-03-21
As part of the Fiscal Year 2019 budget, the City Council approved $100,000 to go towards programs for senior citizens in the City. The Parks, Recreation and Marine Department (PRM) was requested to work with the Senior Citizen Advisory Commission to draft a plan for programming priorities.
At the March 13th meeting of the Senior Citizen Advisory Commission, PRM Director Gerardo Mouet presented his recommendations to enhance older adult/senior programs and services.
The Commission unanimously approved the recommendations to fund $40,000 for PRM to coordinate programs at the Expo Arts Center, along with $30,000 for a volunteer coordinator, $20,000 for enrichment programs/classes at various park sites without current senior programs, and $10,000 to promote outreach and enhance greater opportunities for seniors to be involved with the commission.
For the past 3 1/2 years, Councilmember Austin's office has worked with a volunteer Senior Advisory Committee to provide free programs for seniors on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Expo, located at 4321 Atlantic Avenue. These programs include yoga and tai-chi, guest speakers, arts and crafts, games, and lunch. The PRM funding will allow for the program to be enhanced and possibly expand to a third day of programming each week.
The Senior Citizen Advisory Commission's recommendations are scheduled to be presented to the Council's Budget Oversight Committee at their April 9th meeting.
To read the Long Beach Post coverage on the senior activities at the Expo Art Center, click here.For more information about the free senior activities at the Expo, contact the Eighth District Council Office at (562) 570-1326.