ALTON — After years of conditioning, Senior Services Plus is ready and set for its first capital campaign to expand the Wellness Center.
Senior Services Plus is one of the top 30 employers in the River Bend. About 340 staff members provide a multitude of services to more than 30,000 seniors in a five-county area. Senior Services Plus spends about $1.7 million annually in the local economy. The expansion will enable the agency to relocate wellness programming and equipment and open up to 3,500 square feet of space for new programming and services. The expansion continues this investment and will allow the offering of more mission-driven programming, including senior employment and health services. Task forces, made up of more than 50 community members, have been meeting over the past year to ensure every detail is accounted for in the expansion. Some of the Wellness Center additions include a 20-by-20-foot warm water pool, two “endless” pools, a track, cardio equipment, weight equipment, a courtyard and more.
Additions to the center will be beneficial to the community. There are 53,476 Madison County residents older than 60. In the United States, 10,000 seniors will turn 65 every day until 2030, averaging 80,214 in Madison County. By 2030, seniors will live an average of 20 years longer. More occurrences of chronic conditions are predicted, many of which could be greatly improved by wellness programs. Retirement is being redefined as individuals are forced to work longer because of extended life span, fewer financial resources and increasing health care costs. In addition to health and wellness benefits, the wellness expansion will generate an estimated $87,000 to support other programs and services.
Senior Services Plus is inviting the community to tour the Wellness Center. Guided tours are being held Tuesday, July 29; Tuesday, Aug. 26; Tuesday, Sept. 30; Tuesday, Oct. 28; and Tuesday, Nov. 25. The 1 1/2-hour tour includes lunch and a presentation on the Wellness Center campaign. A reservation is required to attend. To RSVP or for more information on the campaign, contact Senior Services Plus’ Development Coordinator Melanie Racki at (618) 465-3298 ext. 127 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.