BREWER — Eastern Area Agency on Aging marked a milestone Wednesday for a new social space it’s constructing.
“We are opening our final phase of construction on the Durgin Center, and this is something that we’ve been working towards for years and years,” said Dyan Walsh, executive director of EAAA.
“It will definitely be a place for exercise. We will be offering Tai Chi classes, line dancing, yoga classes, hopefully a lot of other exercise classes,” Walsh said. “There’ll also be a café area where we’ll be offering lunch, and then enrichment activities.”
Walsh said the goal of the Durgin Center is to give older adults, adults with disabilities and caregivers a space to socialize.
“A lot of older adults are very isolated. Loneliness is a huge issue for the older adult population,” Walsh said. “This space, it’ll create an opportunity for people to come together and spend some time together, which is really needed in our community.”
The center is named after Nelson Durgin, who was a long-time board member for EAAA.
“He was very active in working for seniors and for caregivers,” said Ellen Angel, president of the board of directors for EAAA. “He was a role model.”
Walsh said they have raised about 52 percent of their $533,000 goal for the project so far.
“We’re doing well, but we still need donations and grants to get the space open,” Walsh said.
They plan to open the Durgin Center in the fall.
To donate, you can visit eaaa.org/durgin-center.