Senior Services in the Parks and Recreation Department is working toward delivering a comprehensive Senior Services Infrastructure and Programming Plan to meet the current and future needs of the 50+ population of the city.
Work to be completed includes a concept to create a Center Without Walls, a programming needs assessment, and a facility feasibility study.
The “Blueprint for 21st Century Senior Centers” re-imagines senior programs and services for the Amarillo Community.
“During 2014, a Senior Center Study Committee worked to identify strategies that would enhance services to seniors in the community. The committee was formed in response to representatives of the Amarillo Senior Citizens Association (ASCA), who voiced concerns that rapidly shrinking resources were endangering their ability to provide current services. In initial meetings which included other senior centers, the committee concluded that, because of limited resources, sustaining services for the long term at all three centers is at a significant risk.
As committee discussions continued, it became apparent that there is a tremendous opportunity before Amarillo to re-imagine what senior center services for the 21st century could be. Trends shaping local demographics, new models of senior center services, nationally aging population, and the upcoming needs of senior services by Baby Boomers mean that many possibilities exist to shape the future. The committee agreed that the Amarillo community would do itself a disservice if it did not make sure that these opportunities were fully explored.” (Blueprint)