Band memories from their early years together resurfaced. Fellow workers were the most encouraging as they told Payne-Taylor to “go for it,” she said.
“This was the place that pushed me,” Payne-Taylor said. “I’m having a ball and I’m grateful (to BoomerVenture). That’s the environment we have here ... you are never too old.”
For Denise Boucher, 55, of Andover, BoomerVenture programs have been informative and interesting. A personal trainer who also teaches aqua exercise classes at the YMCA, she founded the popular Nordic walking course offered at BoomerVenture and also volunteers with the Women’s Outdoor Adventures Club.
“Most of us want to stay active,” Boucher said of her generation. “BoomerVenture lets us.”
Boucher, who finds herself sandwiched between a 12-year-old daughter and widowed mother living in an assisted-living facility, said BoomerVenture participants also tend to share their family life stories, which she said helped her a lot when her mother relocated to North Andover.
Kate Sumberg, 58, of Andover, walks to the center for exercise class three times a week.
She couldn’t say that a few years ago when illness slowed her down and she found herself walking slower than her 88-year-old mother. That’s when Sumberg turned to BoomerVenture. She has been enrolled in exercise classes since its founding.
“It’s better than a gym,” she said. “BoomerVenture instilled my exercise routine ... that’s been great for me. Plus it’s fun. ... I’m so glad BoomerVenture is offered.”