Let’s Hear It For the Seniors, Citizens That Is!
While much has been done for youth and families in recent years, Leadville doesn’t hear much about a very special group of citizens – the Seniors! After all, someone had to have all those kids, right?!
If you are unfamiliar with where the Leadville/Lake County Senior Center is, you can find it adjacent to the new million dollar Huck Finn Skate Board Park, and the new $380,000 Warming Hut for the Ice Rink. It’s in an older maroon building which was originally brought down from the town of Climax over 50 years ago.
The Senior Citizen Board comes together monthly to review the concerns and needs for older Lake County residents, as well as plan activities and social events, essential to the mental health and well-being of aging people. From the Meals on Wheels program to annual trips down to the gambling towns of Central City and Black Hawk, this appreciative, active group does their best with what they are given.
While their needs are simple, they often go unmet, or the seniors are given left-over, broken down equipment to use at their aging facility. Recently, the group’s request for toilet lifts (it can be a long way down when your knees aren’t so good!) was denied.
Or, if work orders are fulfilled, they are not done to order – for example, a request for coat hooks were installed so high up that they are ineffective and unusable for the shorter set.
After their regular November board meeting, the group of senior citizens reminisced with Leadville Today about times in the not-so-distant past. The photographs that line the wall, tell the story of a different time, when the center was often filled with children’s laughter and visits, bringing their lives full circle, and helping to build a generation of caring adults.
So Leadville, it’s time to balance the scales! If you, your group or business can help these golden gals and guys, please contact The Senior Center at 719-486-1445. Or if you prefer to communicate electronically, email firstname.lastname@example.org and your message will be relayed to the group.
So with honor and respect, Leadville Today is excited to bring readers this new, regular addition to community reporting: The Leadville/Lake County Senior Citizen Newsletter (see below).
Let’s hear it for the oldest and wisest in the community: The Grandmas! The Grandpas! The Nanas! The Papas! Three cheers for the Senior Citizens of Leadville and Lake County!