While the results of the 2010 Census have yet to be released, 10 years ago, more than half of Payson’s adult population was 55 or older. Consequently, it is not surprising that the community is blessed with a wide variety of services for senior citizens.
Many of these services can be accessed through the Payson Senior Center and its counterpart for the residents of Pine and Strawberry, and the Payson Regional Medical Center’s Senior Circle program.
However, there are also a number of other groups and businesses meeting the different needs of Rim Country residents in their “golden” years.
In this edition of the Payson Roundup’s Senior Review, we will try to provide a snapshot of some of those groups and businesses, plus share advice from experts to help in the various challenges and concerns that arise during the course of retirement.
A group of concerned citizens and leaders in Rim Country senior services held a forum last fall to give the community an overview of what was available for older residents.
Edward Jones representative Scott Flake, who is active in a number of different groups, was one of the coordinators. The group is still meeting, as the schedules of its members allow, he said, and there is some discussion about having future forums on topics of concern to the area’s older residents and their caregivers.
Until then, we at the Payson Roundup will try to give our older family members, friends and neighbors a publication with information about what services are available to meet their special needs.