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Sagebrush Senior Center reports higher numbers

Encampment facility encourages anyone, regardless of age, to visit

 

January 22, 2020

Dana Davis

Nancy Lynch checks blood pressure for seniors at Sagebrush Senior Center. Above, Joan Dowdy, right, takes advantage of the service.

The Sagebrush Senior Center in Encampment is excited about the increase in meals and services provided to seniors in 2019 and they hope to continue to increase the number of seniors who take part in their programs in 2020. Carbon County is the only county in the state that has eight senior centers.

Lee Ann Stephenson, senior services board member, says their philosophy is, "Every senior in Carbon County deserves the same level of service, whether they live in Rawlins or Dixon." They strive to provide a wide range of activities and meals that are well balanced.

The meals the center provides are approved by a dietitian and are available to anyone over the age of 60 for free regardless of income. If you can, a small donation is appreciated. All are welcome to come and dine. Anyone under the age of 60 would pay just $12. Stephenson pointed out that Sagebrush Senior Center is a great option for lunch in an area were there may not be a restaurant open at a time that works for you. Having lunch at the center is also a great way to meet new people if you are new to the community. Most centers do ask that you call ahead so they can be sure to make enough food.

The Sagebrush Senior Center owns a vehicle so that they are able to deliver meals to those who cannot make it to the center. Every one gets the same meal. However, if you do dine at the center, you have the choice of the foods you take and can even get seconds if there are extras.

Socialization at the center has also increased. Stephenson stated that she thinks it may be more important than providing food.

"The isolation of living in a rural area with no ties into your golden years can be devastating," said Stephenson.

There are many activities and programs to take advantage of such as a coffee group, games to play, a quilting group, exercise equipment, health checks, flu shots, movie nights and more. New ideas for activities are encouraged and can be scheduled by speaking with a manager. Carbon County Senior Services publishes a monthly newsletter that provides additional information and is available at all senior centers.

Stephenson said, "We would also be encouraged if community members would have ideas on how to bring people together. An example would be the high school coming over and teaching basic computers to seniors."

Dana Davis

Dian Bauer can be seen at work cooking for the center.

The seniors at the Sagebrush Senior Center love to learn new things. Every center has a computer that is accessible to the seniors if they want to use it.

There are also some courses offered. For example, 55 Alive is a program that offers driving training for seniors to help cope with challenges that come with age such as slower reflexes. Taking this course may also help reduce your automotive insurance premiums.

In addition to the many services the Sagebrush Senior Center provides, it is a county building and can be rented for events like family reunions. Many people are utilizing this opportunity as they downsize their homes.

Stephenson would like people to know that the seniors are all very welcoming to new faces at the center. They would like it if you stop by for a cup of coffee and a visit.

 

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