Saturday, May 14, 2016

In the News: Senior Center expands programs, Franklin Art Center summer registration

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin

"The Town Council, at its most recent meeting, heard an update on services provided to local seniors where the subjects of mental health and substance abuse were raised. 
Senior Center Director Karen Alves spoke about upcoming initiatives to address the mental health of the elderly. She said she had recently taken a course in which the subject was covered, and was surprised to learn that older people are often an under-served population. 
"Primary care physicians are not necessarily primed to talk to older adults about depression and anxiety," she said. 
Another concern, she said, is substance abuse among seniors, something she said is an emerging trend. 
"It's called a silent epidemic because no one wants to talk about it," she said.

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Franklin Senior Center
Franklin Senior Center

Franklin Art Center, 391 E. Central St., is now taking registrations for summer classes. Classes are available for pre-K to adults. Some new classes have been added this year. Updates will be posted on Facebook weekly over the summer.

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