Horizons presentation made to supervisors

By on July 13, 2011

By: ALICE HUMMER Review Correspondent, Staff Writer

Sandy Leed, executive director of Horizons of Northeast Lancaster County, continued her presentations to local municipalities with a July 6 talk to East Cocalico Supervisors.

"We want to be the lead organization for senior services," Leed said. "We serve Adamstown, Denver, East Cocalico, West Cocalico, Clay Township and parts of Brecknock Township."

The Cocalico Senior Center (Horizons), located at 156 W. Main St. in Reinholds, is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Each day nutritious meals are offered, in addition to informational programs and social activities. There is free transportation to the center for adults 60 years or older.

Transportation is also available for essential shopping, mini-bus excursions to local places of interest, and programs and activities in conjunction with the Adamstown YMCA, Ephrata Recreation Center and other locations in Northern Lancaster County.

"There are three distinct groups of seniors," Leed said. "The first are the baby boomers. This group is sometimes called the ‘sandwich generation’ since they can be dealing with their own children as well as aging parents."

"Next are the active 70-year-olds. This group is a group we are reaching through activities and they also have much professional expertise to offer," Leed said.

The over-80-year-olds are the third segment. Their needs vary. Health as well as economic issues, can impact this segment significantly. Many are able to remain active.

Leed noted that her office, located in the Denver Borough Hall, can help people access services of the Lancaster County Office of Aging, in addition to other services which assist older adults and caregivers in Northern Lancaster County.

Examples of some of the many services offered include access to flu shots, farmer’s market vouchers, help with Medicare issues, and many interesting volunteer opportunities.

"We’d like to start a senior task force with representatives from different municipalities," Leed said.

Anyone having questions about Horizons or wishing to volunteer with any of the programs can call Leed at 335-2336.

Office hours are Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Friday hours are by appointment. More HORIZONS, page A10

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