As the residential population continues to increase throughout Walton County, Commissioner Cindy Meadows is leading a discussion on the future of senior opportunities south of the Choctawhatchee Bay.
Approximately 20 people attended a meeting earlier this year to discuss opportunities that may exist to offer more services to senior who reside south of the bay, specifically during the evenings and on weekends. Ideas and topics included the potential building of a new senior center in South Walton, finding an existing location to start a new center, operations of a new center and what type of offerings should be available should a new center be created.
A follow-up meeting will be held on March 30 at 3 p.m. in the Walton County District 5 Commission office conference room located at 70 Logan Lane in Grayton Beach.
“This is important because as we baby boomers age, there is a need to stay engaged with others, to be physically active, mentally stimulated and continue to live full lives,” Meadows said.
“Seniors add so many interesting facets to our communities. I will be working to bring about a senior activity center with expanded opportunities for our citizens.”
Currently, the senior population in South Walton is serviced by the John Horton Senior Center, located at 194 North County Road 393, Santa Rosa Beach. The current center is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday, and offers a hot lunch that is served daily and weekly events that include trivia, movies, live music and bingo.
Many of the activities mentioned during the previous meeting included educational classes, planned trips both inside and outside of the county, social components and expanded hours.