To my fellow Attleborians: Today, I went to the Larson Senior Center for lunch. This is a wonderful place, with good food, excellent companionship, the seafood lunch (at a cost of 2 dollars) was tasteful, and the staff is friendly and caring. I recommend the Larson Center to every Attleboro resident 60 or over.
I was immediately greeted by a senior saying he would vote for me. Then, he asked, “What will you do for us?” I smiled. We’re all on friendly terms at the center. I asked if any homeowners were sitting at the table. A few hands went up. Then I asked what pct. their income went down when they retired. We ended up agreeing that we live on 50% or less of what we had earned in our peak years.
It’s hard living on fixed incomes, especially when social security is our main source of income. While some seniors have part-time employment, their pay is usually significantly less than they made as truck drivers, hospital workers, teachers and post office employees. Most seniors have to budget a modest lifestyle. But they are proud and don’t complain much.
Our new mayor and city council will hopefully grapple with this problem. Meanwhile, some seniors are volunteering in Attleboro to decrease their taxes by $600 a year. But there is a waiting list for these volunteer jobs. Not everyone gets a chance to lower their taxes by volunteering in schools, the city zoo, the senior center, the dog park and many other locations.
We all need to be sensitive to the challenges of retirement. But meanwhile, our seniors smile, share stories, chat about local and national issues, and greet each other over lunch at the Larson Center, Mondays thru Fridays. We try to spread cheer to everyone who walks through the door for lunch, card games, musical events, exercise groups.
If elected as Attleboro’s state representative, I will remember those folks eating and serving lunches in the Larson Center. I will think of the Seniors getting meals on wheels in their apartments and homes. I won’t forget them. You see, the Golden Years really should be Golden. For all of us. My fellow reps and state senators should be very grateful for the senior centers and councils on aging all over the Bay State. As legislators we should try to find ways to help our seniors.
And I’ll still join my Larson Center friends and staff for lunch sometimes when i am in Attleboro. We have fun together!