An ever-growing population of senior citizens calls the Rim Country home.
These are not the once stereotypical rocking chair seniors; they are rocking seniors — active, involved, compassionate, caring, community-oriented men and women. They all contribute much to make the Rim Country the kind of place they want to be, and one from which we all benefit.
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. More details are included in this special edition of The Rim Review.
Older residents in Pine and Strawberry 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.
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.
Both the Senior Center and Senior Circle need help, learn more about these in articles in this edition.
The Mogollon Health Alliance always has a place for good men and women to join the fun of sharing time within the community by volunteering. For more information on MHA, call (928) 472-2588.
The Rim Country Historical Society can always use volunteers to work as docents at the Rim Country Museum and Zane Grey Cabin in Green Valley Park. The Library Friends of Payson, the Humane Society of Central Arizona, the many thrift shops that provide fund-raising for nonprofits around the Rim Country could all use help.
Also in this edition, you will find advice about the changes in medical insurance from long-time senior specialist Tom Russell and from Christy VanderMolen, community liaison with Payson Care Center. There is also an article about making the most from the drug coverage carried through Medicare, as well as information to help solve some of the mystery about home health care.
Thanks for reading.