FRAMINGHAM – Last Tuesday, the Workingman’s Band jammed at the Callahan Center. Individuals danced in the aisle as the band played rock ‘n roll at night.
Tonight, July 23, the Callahan Center has a free musical comedy show on tap at 6 p.m.
The Callahan Center offers activities for individuals ages 55 and older, including arts, music, and historical presentations.
Currently, the Center is creating a survey to understand better the needs of individuals in the community age 55 and older.
The Callahan Center attracts individuals not only from Framingham, but all over MetroWest, and even Boston for its programming.
The Center is one of just 200 Centers nationally accredited.
Callahan Center Director Grace O’Donnell believes that social connections are important.
At the Callahan Center they work to get seniors out of their four walls and get them to interact because: “You never know when you might experience something uplifting, or a shift in perspective,” said O’Donnell.
At the Callahan Center, their favorite moments are when they see a smile creep up on their seniors faces just from being around other people.
O’Donnell believes better habits are developed within older Americans when they get themselves out there.
“When you go to the movie theater and there are other people laughing or clapping along with you, you get way more out of the movie than just sitting at home,” said O’Donnell.
The Callahan Center is completely free, and you don’t have to be a member to visit.
The Center offers daily programming, and field trips.
O’Donnell believes it is important for people to know that “We open our doors to anyone 55 or older, and coming here actually helps people to feel younger, and form friendships with people they wouldn’t know otherwise.”
The Center has experts and social workers available.
“People tend to think of us as a senior center and that they are possibly too young to come here. But, if you’re over 55, walk in the door, see what we have to offer, try a few things and see if you think you can do some of what our 90-100 year old seniors are doing,” said O’Donnell.