Local Senior Center Visited for National Senior Citizen Day

Shelba Risner

Shelba Risner

Today marks a very special day: the National Senior Citizens Day. This day was set aside back in August of 1988 by President Ronald Reagan to honor all the men and woman who have reached their senior years. These amazing people have traveled the road before us and are a very important part of our community. These grandmothers and grandfathers give back to each of us through their wisdom and experience that they have gained through their lifetime of living.

Bobbie and Darlene Terrell

Bobbie and Darlene Terrell

To honor the seniors, we went to the Anderson County Senior Center to meet with the director, Steven Carmichael, and spend some time talking to some of the seniors.  The Anderson County Senior Center was built back in May 2003 to provide many services to the senior community of Lawrenceburg. The center today has become not only a great place for seniors to meet and have fun, but it also provides services to so many who, without the center, would find it impossible to do the things that seem so easy to most of us.

The Center is available for any Anderson County resident who is 60 years old or older. It currently has more than 150 members and is growing every day. There is a small core group that comes to the center on a regular basis and other members come for just some of the activities. Each month the center publishes an activity calendar filled with many wonderful things to do. From health related activities like lessons on nutrition, fall prevention, Tai Chi and Yoga, to seminars from AARP and workshops in financial planning, along with lots of great entertainment like monthly pot luck luncheons with live music, field trips and even a monthly dinner out to a restaurant, the center has something for everyone.

Marcia Roth

Marcia Roth

Meals are also a large part of the center. Lunch is provided three days a week and breakfast two days a week. There is a small charge of $2 as a donation but no one is ever turned away. A monthly meal calendar is given out each month to keep the seniors informed of the upcoming meals.

From activities to services, the center also offers home care services like homemaking, escort, chores, meals (hot and frozen) for so many of the seniors that are unable to get to the center. The center also offers transportation to the local stores and doctors as well as bringing them back and forth from the center. This service is also a $2 donation.

Arnold Clark and Friends

Arnold Clark and Friends

The Center is a 501.c.3 non-profit organization that is supported by local (Lawrenceburg/Anderson County) tax dollars and the United Way of the Bluegrass through the Bluegrass Community Action Partnership (BGCAP.)  They have been blessed to received many donations from individuals as well as businesses including services, goods and money.  “It is a wonderfully ‘giving’ small town atmosphere where ‘folks’ step up and help to meet needs, especially when it comes to our senior adult population,” says Steven Carmichael, Director.

As the center looks into the future, many goals have been set. “We want to continue to grow in providing services, especially in the area of ‘baby boomers,’ who can utilize the Center’s services,” said Mr. Carmichael. “A more pressing goal is the acquisition of a chairlift bus which will require 20% in matching money in the grant process. Our prayer is that we can raise the $10,000 before the January 1st application process begins so that we can be at the head of the application selection process.  We have seniors using wheel chairs, walkers, etc., who have difficulty getting to the center or who are challenged to get up and down steps on our current buses.”

During our visit to the center, we had the fortunate opportunity to experience one of the center’s most enjoyed event, the pot luck luncheon with live music from the musical group, Arnold Clark and Friends. This monthly event is a huge treat for so many of the seniors and has become so popular that many of the members from the Franklin County Senior Center come to join in with all the fun.  Although not dancing like some of their peers, we got the chance to talk with Bobbie and Darlene Terrell who love coming to the Center for all the food and entertainment.  Marcia Roth, originally from California, really enjoys the country music.  And finally, Shelba Risner always attends the third Wednesday of the month event with live music.  She really likes it and wants to see more people attend.

As we completed our visit at the center, Mr Carmichael had told us that the center is currently in need of volunteers.  These volunteers, called senior companions, will be trained to help the seniors throughout the day, including transportation.  They’ll also receive a small stipend ($2.65 per hour) for their work.  Mr Carmichael said that the companions need to be at least 55 years old or older and need to be physically capable of helping others.  If anyone would be interested, Mr Carmichael said to contact Opal Phillips at the center (839-7520).

 

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