The county’s population includes 12,000 seniors, and the age 65-plus population is currently the fastest-growing demographic in the city. Approximately 3,000 seniors live in the immediate area of New Richmond. Seniors face a spectrum of issues, ranging from poor nutrition, lack of physical activity, obesity, chronic disease, access to care, and few opportunities for social engagement. While some of these issues are minor inconveniences, others can be life-threatening or permanently diminish a senior’s quality of life.
The new Freedom Park Senior Center will provide recreational, social and leisure education opportunities that enhance the quality of all senior citizens’ lives. The Senior Center will provide daily meals as well as space for many other community services, including ADRC Meals on Wheels, New Richmond Community Education, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, Westfields Hospital and Clinic, and City Parks programs. The offerings will include hobbies and recreation, health screening, podiatry, and computer labs and prioritize intergenerational relationships. The goal is to make the Freedom Park Senior Center the destination of choice in New Richmond for active adults and retirees.