Parks & Rec. offers senior programs
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 10:00 PM
This is second column reporting on a presentation by Alice F. Yates, Director of Senior Programs/Transportation for the City of Crawfordsville, at the recent Lunch with the League.
Yates cited some facts about aging as presented in the "Did You Know? A Look at Indiana's Aging Populations." In 2009, one million Hoosiers were age 60 and over; in 2040, one in five Hoosiers will be 65 or older. In 2013, the population of citizens 65 and over will pass those under 15.
Thirty-nine percent of older Hoosiers volunteer, and 27 percentremain in the Indiana workforce at either part-or full-time capacity. 52 percent of Indiana's older adults have lived in their communities for more than 50 years. 94 percent of Indiana's senior population would like to remain in their current residence as long as possible, but 39 percent of them are not very confident they will be able to afford to do so.
Eighty-five percent of Indiana's elders have voted in local elections in recent years, and 27 percent do not feel local policy makers have taken into account the interests and concerns of older people.
Crawfordsville Parks and Recreation Department offers a wide variety of programs for seniors. The Senior Citizens Club is held at Park & Rec Community Center with Euchre offered Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 1 p.m.- 4 p.m. Bingo is played 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday.
Trips and excursions are offered to points of interest such as museums and special events. For information about upcoming trips, contact Alice Yates at 364-5175 extension 19.
Senior crafts are held once a month. The Craft Program is supported by Montgomery County Community Foundations and offers a variety of craft projects for seniors to use their skills and create gifts for friends and families.
Senior Aerobics is designed with the older adult in mind. It incorporates low impact aerobics, chair aerobics, step aerobics, and toning exercise. The class meets on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays 9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Senior Chorus welcomes anyone who likes to sing. No auditions are held. Practice starts at 9 a.m. in the Community Center dining room the first and last Friday of the Month.
The Nutrition Site is also located in the Crawfordsville Community Center. Meals are provided by Midland Meals Monday-Friday at 12 noon.
Montgomery County Council on Aging Board consists of persons interested in the elderly, their participation and fulfillment in life. The board meets the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 10:30 a.m. at the Crawfordsville Community Center. This board's purpose is to assess the needs and issues of older adults and assess the facilities of our County to make available servies to provide these needs.
Several years ago surveys were taken related to walkability, shopping, recreation and cultural activities, transportation, housing, health services, safety & security, and community services.
Yates announced that Crawfordsville has been selected as one of two Indiana communities in which to target a pilot advocacy training. A grant has been awarded to IU and University of Indianapolis to develop and implement a program to encourage advocacy for Livable Community concepts and practices in more of Indiana's communities.
The grant will fund the development and implementation of a training process for older adults and persons with disabilities aimed at creating a cadre of highly knowledgeable and skilled Livable Communities advocates who can work for changes benefitting all ages and abilities in their home communities.
The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan, multi-issue political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase public understanding of major policy issues and influences public policy through education and advocacy. All men and women are invited to join LWV where hands-on work to safeguard democracy leads to civic improvement. For information about the League, visit the website www.lwvmontco.org, send a message to PO Box 101, Crawfordsville, IN 47933 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.