Senior Citizens Advisory Committee & Center Growth The Senior Citizens Advisory Committee - comprised of an alderman, members of the community, members of the Senior Citizens Club, business leaders and county officials - was put in place prior to the opening of the Senior Citizens Center in May 2000.
The first step for the committee was to find a location for the Center. An old recreational facility was chosen and totally renovated to serve the needs of the Seniors. Parks department employees - working with City employees, Rutherford County workhouse inmates and local businesses - stripped the building. New plumbing, wiring, walls, heating and air conditioning and more were installed in the building. An office, kitchen area, 2 restrooms, day/TV room and sewing room were constructed. In 2009, the Center began a second renovation to expand the space available.
The renovation of the building was key to the kicking off of the new program. Those involved with the City wanted the seniors to know that they were appreciated and were important to the City.
A schedule fills the week with events for the seniors who seem to enjoy their new building. The seniors hear talks on health-related issues and medical benefits; they bowl each Tuesday; they enjoy music provided by local talent; they receive chair massages from a LMT; they are taking ceramics classes, they receive monthly blood pressure checks and take monthly trips to the theater.
A variety of activities now take place in the building each month:
Special Informational Talks
The program has allowed the Seniors to enjoy a fuller life with a variety of activities which keep them active. Because of the planned programs and a full-time manager for the group, the membership has more than doubled.
In May of 2011, the LaVergne Senior Center expanded by about 900 square feet. With additional bathrooms and meeting space, the center is always busy with exciting activities and events.
With La Vergne’s large senior population (approximately 1,500), a program which allows them the chance to be involved in the community and have a sense of worth is vitally important.
This program will continue to be popular with the city and citizens because it has allowed more seniors to safely take part in a variety of activities which allow them to stay young, get out of their homes and continue to enjoy life with their peers and others.
The La Vergne Senior Center welcomes men and women aged 60 and over to become a member and enjoy all our wonderful activities.