Senior Center Offers Food, Fun And Music


The members of the Payson Senior Center always have a special celebration for holidays – like St. Patrick’s here – and sometimes, just for the fun of it, with birthday parties, luaus and more.

The members of the Payson Senior Center always have a special celebration for holidays – like St. Patrick’s here – and sometimes, just for the fun of it, with birthday parties, luaus and more. Photo by Andy Towle. |

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The Payson Senior Center offers the older residents of the Rim Country food, fun, music and more.

The goal of the Senior Center staff is to identify and develop a wide variety of activities and events that suit the needs of seniors in a fun and healthy atmosphere.

Every weekday there is a hot meal served at noon in the dining room. All you have to do is make a reservation by calling (928) 474-4876 at least 24 hours in advance. The month’s worth of daily menus is available at the front desk at the Center; a donation of $4 is requested from those 60 and older and $5 from those under 60.

The Payson Senior Center is also responsible for distributing the Meals on Wheels to program participants in the Payson and Star Valley areas. To register for the Meals on Wheels program, seniors or their care providers must first contact the Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens at 1-800-293-9393.

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Popular local musician Anne James gives frequent performances at the Payson Senior Center, sometimes appearing solo and sometimes bringing fellow musicians to entertain.

Joann Conlin, executive director for the Senior Center said there are about 40 people at the facility for lunch each day and around 135 Meals on Wheels delivered daily.

The Senior Center also provides transportation to the area’s elderly. The service is demand-response, meaning the participants tell the drivers where they want to go and when they would like to be picked up and taken elsewhere or returned home. Conlin said drivers take riders to shop, to see their doctor or dentist, even to visit a friend on the other side of town. She cautions the seating is limited and it fills fast, so reservations must be made.

Membership at the Senior Center is $15 a year and with that, participants can enjoy a variety of activities, plus discounts from area merchants.

Some of the current activities offered are: bridge, canasta, pinochle, dominos, bingo, Zumba Gold, Sit & Fit, gentle and basic yoga classes, wood carving, Friday movies, a variety of weekly musical groups, Bible study, monthly speakers and free blood pressure checks from Payson Care Center. Benefit experts and others offering legal advice also visit the Senior Center on a regular basis.

The facility hosts the Alzheimer’s disease support group, which meets at 1:30 p.m. the first and third Wednesday of every month, and the Rim Country Coalition, which addresses a number of senior issues the fourth Friday of the month.

Members and prospective members with a particular interest or hobby that they would like to see added to the existing activities schedule are encouraged to make recommendations.

Rim Country seniors, 50 and older, are invited to join for fun, friendship and becoming an active member in the community. The Senior Center is also in need of volunteers willing to take on part of the “honey do” list that needs to be done. Call the Center at (928) 474-4876 or stop by at 514 W. Main St., Payson, for details.

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