MY VOICE: Senior center offers great time
We all know that aging can be difficult at times. We all go through it and it doesn’t matter what age you are. What is important is that even though our physical appearance changes, our spirit does not.
Some people in their 70s and 80s are much younger than some people in their 20s or 30s. It all comes down to one thing and that is our outlook on life. Attitude is everything.
Coming to the center for lunches and dancing Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. will defiantly improve your outlook on life, especially if you’re retired or want a friendly social outing.
We serve a wonderful meal featuring many homemade items. For those people over the age of 60 years the suggested donation is only $2.50 per meal. For those under 60 the cost is only $5.50, which is a steal anywhere you go. To have the exact same meal would normally run you close to $10.
Our meal program is not exclusive to low-income seniors. In fact, we have many seniors of all incomes. This is a place where people can come and make new friends, reunite with old friends and have a good time no matter their income status. We want to be sure to let people know that we have something for everyone. We welcome everyone to join us here at the center. I promise you won’t regret coming and having a fabulous home-cooked meal for such a reasonable price.
We have a lot of activities going on. Currently, we feature live music regularly at lunchtime for dancing Monday through Friday, cards throughout the week, puzzles, bingo and more. We are looking for new ideas, additional people to volunteer for a couple hours to help serve lunch and teach dance lessons. We want to make sure that our retirees have a place to come, get active, keep the mind fresh and the body moving.
It’s no secret that everybody is looking for the fountain of youth, but what we are often unaware of is that the fountain of youth can be found by simply looking within. You are the key to your fountain. All you have to do is get out of that house and in an active, fun environment here at the Union County Senior Center.
You could be the key to someone else’s fountain of youth, by coming to lunch and socializing with others. Always remember, we are never too old to realize a new goal or dream. Also we must realize, just because we are getting older does not mean you have nothing left to offer. Many things can be accomplished in our remaining years. What it does mean is you bring experience with you when you come in the door — life experiences, which are priceless treasures, are welcomed here at our center.
We invite you to join us for some great entertainment and a delicious lunch Monday through Friday here at 1504 Albany St. in La Grande. We can’t start the party without you. So bring your dancing shoes and come on down. For people who just want to come and give us a try, your first meal is on us.
Carmen Gentry is the Union County manager of Community Connection of Northeast Oregon in La Grande.
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