Last week, President Donald Trump, Gov. Doug Ducey and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised those under 60 to avoid crowds and stay home as much as possible, to protect against COVID-19 — which can be deadly for the elderly population.
Senior centers around the West Valley started taking action late last week.
The city of Peoria announced the Peoria Community Center will remain open. “However, all active adult and adaptive programs will be suspended until April 12. Small private group meetings with less than eight people can continue. The Community Center hours will be adjusted to 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. during this time. The Resource Center will continue to operate and accept appointments.”
According to the Peoria Community Center website, the center caters to older adults:
“Adults ages 50 and better are encouraged to take part in any of the activities offered at the Community Center throughout the year. There is no membership fee required and programs are open to residents and non-residents. So take a trip, get fit, celebrate an event, meet new people, have fun.”
The fun is on hold at the Peoria center, as well as other senior gathering places around the West Valley.
The city of Goodyear cancelled “all recreation programs through the end of April.”
Goodyear Recreation typically has a variety of activities for seniors.
The Avondale Senior Center will temporarily suspend programming activities and transportation beginning Monday, March 16.
Glendale announced the closure of its senior-oriented adult center on Thursday, March 12.
“The most vulnerable members of our community are our senior population. As a measure of precaution, the city will be closing the Glendale Adult Center effective Saturday, March 14 and will remain closed until further notice. The city will also be suspending senior adult classes and senior gatherings at other city facilities including Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center and our libraries,” the release said.
The Glendale Adult Center had fliers throughout giving an update on the expected closure. And, while not very crowded, there were still a few people enjoying the adult center’s amenities before it shuts down for the time being.
“I’ll come here until it closes, I guess we just have to be extra careful,” said Sarah Jones, who was outside the center on Wednesday, the day before the closing was announced.
“You know, keep your hands washed and things like that.”