Thank you for being a friend Cocalico Senior Center hopes more take advantage of facility

By on July 24, 2013



, Staff Writer

The Cocalico Senior Center offers free breakfast and lunch to guests along with daily activities in a social atmosphere. (Photo by Preston Whitcraft)

Last week, Cocalico’s Senior Center extended its hours during the heat wave in order to give residents who don’t have relief from the heat some comfort.

But according to MarySue Ruth, manager at the center, not many residents take advantage of the center and all the amenities and activities it offers, including the extended hours and cooling center.

"We would really like to see people taking advantage of what we offer," said Ruth.

And what they offer is much more than a place to chill. There are daily activities such as game day, exercise programs, speakers, day trips, music, games and more. Seniors can also take advantage of the Wii Fit, watch movies on the big-screen or visit the center’s small library with large-print books.

Anyone 60 and over can become a member of the senior center at no cost and transportation is available during regular hours from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Both breakfast and lunch are a free service and although some guests depend on the center, many go for the social interaction and to make friends.

"Some people depend on it but the bottom line is they like the interaction," says Ruth. "They come to see their friends and form new friendships."

In the event of another heat advisory, the senior center will again extend its hours until 4 p.m. and the cooling center is available to all ages at no cost.

"Surely there are people in their homes without AC," said Ruth. "All the senior centers have extended hours but most don’t have people staying even though there are people that need it." Ruth stressed that the senior centers environment is welcoming and a great place to meet new friends and take advantage of great activities. There is plenty to do and the center offers a daily agenda for guests who want to get out, stay active and hang out with friends.

For those that need to arrange for other transportation, Red Rose offers transportation programs and low prices for seniors. For more information, call 1-800-892-1122.

Cocalico Area Senior Center is located at 156 W Main St. in Reinholds. For more information on activities and accommodations call 336-7489.

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