Area Has Many Good Service Providers For Senior Citizens


After a lifetime of doing things ourselves, Len and I have accepted the fact that at our ages — 77 and 82 — we no longer can climb ladders or crawl beneath a car to do what needs to be done. In recent weeks we have had the exterior of our house painted, roof repaired, yard work done, windows washed, interior cleaning involving ladders to reach cabinet tops and repairs on our 11-year old vehicle. So often we hear horror stories about unscrupulous workers who take advantage of seniors. I am delighted to report that such is not the case with us — in every project, the people who worked for us were extremely professional, timely, courteous, friendly and reasonably priced. Policy will not permit me to identify the companies or persons by name, but Payson is very fortunate to have such good people!

Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store

The Senior Center, 514 W. Main St., offers a wide range of activities and services to Rim Country seniors.

Hot lunches are served at noon weekdays and Meals on Wheels are available for the homebound. Those who no longer drive can avail themselves of transportation provided by Senior Center vans, which include wheelchair access.

Assistance with Medicare, insurance and Medicaid is offered and legal advice provided by Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens and is available by advance registration the second Tuesday of each month. 

A blood pressure clinic provides free blood pressure checks the third Tuesday of each month, courtesy of Powell House.

Social and educational activities include cards, movies, Mahjong, bingo, exercise and line dancing, computer classes and more. The Old Time Music Makers meet to make music in the dining room at 9 a.m. Mondays; call (928) 474-4876 to confirm dates. The Center is ADA compliant.

A speaker from the Red Cross will discuss community disaster preparation at 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 21. The program is free and open to the public.

The Country Gospel Misfits, a musical group, will be performing from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays. The public is invited to come and listen, join in the music making and have a cup of coffee. There is no charge.

Irma Mahler is Volunteer of the Month for April. Irma pitches in wherever needed at the Center. Persons interested in volunteering at the Center can obtain information about openings by calling (928) 474-4876 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Senior Thrift Store will have a 25 percent sale on men’s and women’s clothing marked with orange tags beginning Saturday, May 1 and running through the month. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. All proceeds benefit the Senior Center and its programs for the elderly of the community.

The Thrift Store will be open until 8 p.m. May 7 for First Friday on Main Street activities. Wayne Todd will present musical entertainment. There will be refreshments, hourly door prizes, (need not be present to win) and a 10 percent discount on purchases from $1 to $100 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store

The Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store on Highway 87 in downtown Pine has Hawaiian clothing for sale at $4 per garment through April 24. Kitchen appliances and vacuum cleaners also are on sale at 50 percent off the marked prices. Mothers Day gifts will be available beginning April 26. During the month of May, all clothing except Western wear will be half price on Thursdays.

The Thrift Store summer hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

Raffle tickets are still on sale to win a quilt handmade by the Department of Public Safety Angels, a chapter of the Arizona Quilters’ Guild. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. Proceeds will help defray medical expenses from a fall off a roof suffered by volunteer Scott Frederick.

Applications for volunteers are being accepted for various positions at the thrift store. For information call (928) 476-4633.

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