Staying active is the norm for senior citizens these days. The Rim Country is a great place to be for outdoor activities, plus there are lots of opportunities to stay engaged through programs at the senior citizen facilities in the area and by joining or volunteering with any number of groups and organizations.
The Rim Country is called home by an ever-growing population of seniors — remember the generally accepted age for the beginning of our golden years is about 50.
There are all kinds of activities and services especially designed to meet the needs of the newly minted seniors and those who have enjoyed the venerable status for a while.
The Pine/Strawberry area has programs provided through its Senior Citizens Affairs Foundation at the Community Center. These include congregate meals and the Meals-on-Wheels program. Older residents have lots of opportunities to get together for all kinds of crafts with the quilting groups and the Arts & Crafts Guild; to serve their fellow citizens through participation in the Library Friends and Historical and Archaeological Society and the various citizens’ groups like the Strawberry Elite and the Riff Raff Club.
Payson has its Senior Center and the Senior Circle providing services and activities for older residents. The facilities providing skilled care also offer education programs that are often geared to the more mature citizens of the area.
Volunteer opportunities abound around Payson and in outlying communities for the retirees who still want to stay active. Most groups are always looking for people to help.
The Mogollon Health Alliance has recently issued a call for good men and women to join the fun of sharing time within the community by volunteering. Current areas to volunteer include the Almost New Thrift Shop, arts and crafts, La Boutique Gift Shop, hospitality, information desk, and patient services. Profits from MHA fund-raising activities are given back to our community through health scholarships, free CPR classes and community health programs such as the Women’s Wellness Forum, the Community Health & Care Fair and the Gracie Lee Haught Children’s Memorial Fund. For more information, call (928) 472-2588.
The Rim Country Historical Society is also seeking volunteers to work as docents at the Rim Country Museum and Zane Grey Cabin in Green Valley Park.
In the Summer Senior Review, we will go in depth about the Payson Senior Center, Payson Senior Circle and the Payson Care Center.
Also in this edition, you will find financial advice from long-time senior specialist Tom Russell, supplemented with stories on planning for retirement, the cost savings possible through the new health care law and more.
There are also several articles on health and then a couple of pieces “just for fun” on senior travel and making new friends.
Thanks for reading this edition of the Rim Review’s special Summer Senior Review.
The regular features of the Review will return next week.