While spending time filling out an adult coloring book, Juana Viera echoed the same sentiment. She told MundoHispánico that she never misses a Friday at the club. “I have friends here, and we have a lot of fun.”
For retired doctor Alvin Graham, however, the experience is slightly different. The Maryland native has been attending the program for the last month, in order to learn Spanish.
“I love this opportunity to be able to speak with other Hispanics. I would love to travel to Costa Rica, for example, and talk to people there. I also want to visit other Spanish-speaking countries,” explained Graham.
And although Graham is a new member, the program has actually been in existence in the community for several decades.
“This group is one of the oldest programs that we have at the Association. It has been offered to the community for 30 years,” explained Cynthia Román, managing director of Family Services for LAA. “We want to keep it going, because it’s a place where our seniors can feel supported. We have seen it grow, as there is a large demand in the senior Hispanic community.”
Between 2000 and 2015, the senior population grew dramatically in Atlanta – doubling in size, in fact – according to a study by the Atlanta Regional Commission .
It is estimated that by 2030, one in five residents will be at least 60 years old.
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