Stacey Dowden, director of the Claremore Senior Citizen’s Center, wants people to know the Center is here to serve them, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Center, which has been around for 45 years, was created to offer an opportunity for older residents to exercise, eat, socialize, and gather in a safe and comfortable environment.
Each year, the United Way supports the Center and its mission to provide for the needs of older residents from across Rogers County, Dowden says.
Since the start of the pandemic, the Center has been closed for safety reasons for older adults. Instead, staff and volunteers are offering home-cooked lunch meals for $3 through a drive-up option at the Center. Last week, those who stopped by to pick up lunch received a gift bag full of snacks in honor of Senior Citizens Day thanks to generous support from the Center, Humana and Legacy Hospice.
Dowden says the lunch program is extremely popular and draws about 155 to 160 people per day.
Unfortunately, the Center has had to stop other fun activities for older residents due to the pandemic, including a popular Line Dancing class, card games, and arts and crafts. There is simply no way to safely socially distance with those activities.
Still, Dowden recommends that seniors stay active by going for walks and staying engaged with family members and friends. “We are looking forward to when we can reopen to our guests and can’t wait for that day,” she adds.