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social, educational, and recreational activities to promote staying active and independent.” Donaldson began working for the program 19 years ago. She said the biggest change she’s noticed over time is the increased numbers of active older adults. To meet their needs, the center in Concord went through a renovation that brought more space for classes in 2014 and expanded hours in 2016. The centers currently offer a variety of exercise, fitness and educational classes; computer workshops; Lunch and Learn sessions; assistance with services access; legal assistance and social events among other programs and activities. “There are senior centers in every county, but our county has one of the most active senior centers in the state. We are fortunate they offer a lot of opportunities to stay active,” Bill said. Subsequent generations are watching the siblings stay active and engaged. Whenever there is a talent showcase or special event, you can see their extended family of children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews cheering in support. And when those supporters reach a certain age, you can bet they’ll know the family secret to healthy aging starts at the senior center. n For more information on the Cabarrus County Senior Center in Concord, call 704-920-3484. For more information on the Cabarrus County Senior Center in Mt. Pleasant, call 704-920-3487. 3