Syracuse University Scholar Explains Importance of Ida Benderson Center

In Today’s Post-Standard, a Syracuse University scholar weighs in on the imminent closure of the Ida Benderson Senior Center. Dr. Nepveux argues that Ida Benderson is a recreation facility, not an adult day care facility like the Salvation Army. Further, she points out:

“Recreation is a basic part of well-being at all stages of life. It is also recognized to be a human right. Senior centers enable elderly people to congregate and enjoy recreation in safe, warm and accessible spaces. In recognition of the significant poverty of many of our seniors, these centers also provide affordable meals.”

Dr. Nepveux concludes, “Rather than diverting feisty, talented Benderson seniors into a day care program, shouldn’t we channel their enthusiasm into improving the center — and indeed the city — that they hold so dear?”

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