Weatherford Democrat


November 18, 2010

More social events available to seniors in Parker County



As more baby boomers are moving west to Parker County from the Metroplex, one group is anticipating the shift.

The Senior Circle of Parker County, which is a function of Weatherford Regional Medical Center, serves more than 11,000 members and is looking for more, said Vic Williford, circle ambassador.

Tuesday, 55 members of the circle took a charter bus to a casino in Oklahoma and every so often, the circle will take trips to WinStar World Casino, he said.

“We’re kind of like goodwill representatives to the community,” Williford said laughing.

The circle is nationally represented by Community Health Systems, which owns WRMC, and is the largest health provider in the nation, he said.

Because they are nationally represented, members of the circle receive many discounts, including hearing aids and car maintenance care.

“They have a lot of national bargaining power,” Williford said. “They extend discounts to senior circles.”

The circle serves many functions and is important to the community, which is growing rapidly with baby boomers, said executive director to Parker County Committee on Aging, Glenda Webb.

It gives members an outlet to socialize, which is vital for senior citizens, she said.

Webb said the county is growing fast, with a population of 120,000, 11 percent are 65 or older, she said.

The area’s 13,000 senior population will reach 36,000 by 2030, as the county growth approaches 328,000, Webb said.

Baby boomers are moving west from the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, Webb said.

“Weatherford offers the best of both worlds,” Webb said. “At this time, it still offers a small community atmosphere, yet you don’t have to leave here to get the things you want.”

The medical field will flourish even more with baby boomers moving into the area, she said.

As people grow older, they like a sense of community to avoid the feeling of withdrawal.

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