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kitchen; dedicated rooms for activities such as arts and crafts, fitness, yoga, and dance; and a private office for social services and counseling. "If we don't help people age healthier, we're going to have them in nursing homes," said John Catlin, the architect of the center. "Even if it's just a matter of leaving your house and coming to the center and having a place to be — it's such a big part of healthy aging." The center's heart will be a cozy lounge/café. On one side will be a gas fireplace surrounded by bookshelves; on the other, a counter with cof- fee, tea, and perhaps fresh-baked cookies. At the Wellesley Community Center, where the Council on Aging currently has its offices and hosts programs, seniors have no such place to drop by for a cup of coffee or "We're going to have pool tables, container gardening on the patio, outdoor games like lawn darts, lifelong learning, technology, and inter- generational activities," Thieme said. "It's so much more than bingo. It's an opportunity center." Those opportunities will be for everyone. The new location makes it convenient for students to drop by after school. Local artists and mu- sicians can teach classes. Volunteers can serve as greeters at the build- ing, assist in classes, or be deployed as ambassadors reaching out to the community. The 13,000-square-foot, two-story building includes flexible spaces for dining, cultural, and civic events; a fully-equipped commercial Reception people age healthier, we're going to have them in nursing homes. If we don't help 106 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 7 A Place for Seniors to Grow Young

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