Senior Center Set to Reopen

The Red River Council on Aging will re-open the Senior Center on July 1st.  This is because of a relaxing of the COVID-19 restrictions.  The gathering of meals at the Depot Diner will not resume at this time.

The Journal met with Council Director Liz Cannon and Michael Braswell to discuss the reopening.  Cannon said they have about ten clients at the Senior Center.  Procedures will be in place to assure those who have not received the vaccine will be protected.  Adults will be able to participate and enjoy the activities that seniors shared for years at the center.

As for the very popular lunches, Cannon said, “The dining room will not be reopened at this time.  We will continue to provide take-out meals each weekday.  Due to CDC restrictions and our limited space, we will have to wait a while to offer dine-in meals.”  Cannon said home delivered meals will continue also.

At a recent update briefing for the CoA board members, Cannon presented detailed plans for offering the council’s services to Red River residents 60 years and older.  That information concerned how the council will comply with the guidelines of the various state and federal agencies with jurisdiction over part or all their activities.  The list of offerings includes outreach, information and assistance, legal services, nutrition education,  transportation, homemaker and health promotion and disease prevention.

Braswell said the Jack and Laura Social Center on Front Street would be open for bingo, dominoes, and card games.  However, the Saturday night dances would not resume at this time.

Cannon said on the planning calendar is a health fair.  The 2020 event was cancelled due to the pandemic.  And the annual fan drive begins soon.  The council on aging is asking for donations of fans.  They will begin distributing them July 12th.

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