The Letcher County senior citizens director says the program can offer more activities at the recreation center than it did at the previous locations.
“It’s just going to be a good thing for them,” said Trenda Kincer, senior citizens director. “They need to keep active. We hope everyone will be happy.”
Kincer says she plans to make monthly activity schedules, which will include bowling, exercising, Rook, Scrabble and trips. A room on the second floor of the rec center will be made into a quilting room.
Monday was the first day senior citizens met at the program’s new location, after the fiscal court voted to move the senior citizens program from five centers to the Letcher County Recreation Center. The move by the court resulted in the loss of 11 jobs. A room located on the first floor of the rec center that used to house an arcade is the new home for the senior citizens program.
Kincer wants participants from the Blackey, Ermine, Fleming-Neon, Jenkins and Ovenfork senior citizen centers to get to know each other.
“We’re going to do everything together so I think it is really going to work,” said Kincer.
Letcher County Judge/ Executive Jim Ward told the 45 participants on January 4 that he thinks they will enjoy being at the rec center.
“We’re really trying to structure it where it will benefit you all,” said Ward. “We’re going to try to make it better than what you were doing before.”
Kincer said 39 attended Tuesday. Ward estimates 30 to 50 senior citizens will attend each day.
“I think it went real well,” said Ward of Monday’s attendance. “I had several to tell me this is going to be good. I had probably 20 that told me that.”
The senior citizens room is open from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. on weekdays. Activities begin at 10 a.m.
Lunch catered by Isom IGA is served Monday through Thursday at 11 a.m. The menu is prepared by the Kentucky River Development District. A monthly menu will be available. Senior citizens must sign up for the following day to be guaranteed a meal. No carryout meals are allowed.
Thirty senior citizens are eligible for Mom’s Meals. A 10-day supply of meals is delivered by UPS.
Meals aren’t offered on Fridays. Participants can either eat out or have a potluck.
Ward told the senior citizens on Monday that it takes $250,000 to run the program and $155,000 is funded through KRADD.
“All donations are greatly appreciated,” said Ward. “If you can, please donate.”
Kincer said donations collected on Monday are enough to pay for 15 meals.
“We can’t ask them to pay for meals, but we can encourage them to donate,” said Kincer. “Even if it is just a quarter a day or a dollar a day, it will help.”
Transportation is available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Buses leave the Jenkins City Park and the Blackey Community Center at 9:30 a.m.
The senior citizens program is open to Letcher County residents age 60 and older. Program staff fill out paperwork for first-time attendees.