2010-01-22 / Letters

Seniors left Out in the Cold

Dear Editor,

It was a freezing day Monday, January 4, about 20 degrees; and seniors weathered the frost to go to their three times weekly SENIORS IN SHAPE program at the Aviator Sports Center in Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn. They had been going in droves for three years since the Aviator opened in 2007.

They arrived enthusiastically, in the frigid morning, only to be told they could not exercise that day or any other day. They could no longer go to the arthritis classes, tap dancing, body sculpting, gymnastics, line dancing, cardio, yoga, Tai Chi, circuit training, or Latin, shimmy or ‘step it up’ classes. They were being SHUT OUT, and now they may once again become SHUT INS! Literately, they were being left out in the cold.

The shocked, sad faces that these respectable seniors wore when they found out said it all. “Seniors in Shape” was a lifeline for many and or preventative healthcare for others, and simply wonderful, well deserved for our older members of the community. And now this was it…CLOSED! SHUT DOWN!

This is what they were greeted with on one of the coldest days of the year. No advance no-tices were given, no explanation was given, and no time was allotted for this group of our elders to discuss the situation with management. It’s over and that’s the final answer! Seniors were abandoned and I believe discriminated against.

This group is now seeking some resource, private and or city funding, that could help to re-establish Seniors in Shape. Does anyone have suggestions or can help implement this much needed program?

Also, let the pharmaceutical companies and healthcare companies who profit so much from this segment Letters

of society step up to the plate. We will all hopefully be seniors one day, let’s not turn our backs on them today. Thank You.

KAREN NEURINGER

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