Nearly 140 people attended one of our three meetings sponsored by the Area Agency on Aging! These meetings were held at Craig’s beautiful new Colorado Northwest Community College Nov. 18, Sat. Jan.18 and in the evening Jan. 20. Way back in June 2013, the council (at the time Mary Morris was on the AAA board) decided that Craig needed a senior center. Every other town had one, why not Craig? So we began planning a summit to find out what the seniors of Craig wanted. We were ecstatic over the public’s response to our idea.
We would like to take this opportunity to tell you a little about what the Area Agency on Aging (AAA) or Council on Aging is about. When money comes in from the state to be used for seniors, it goes to Dave Norman, director of the Western Region of the AAA. This region consists of five counties — Moffat, Routt, Garfield, Mesa and Rio Blanco. Money designated for Moffat County pays for Meals on Wheels, the senior bus and several senior wellness programs sponsored by the VNA. Delegates and Alternates for the AAA are appointed by the Commissioners. We travel to monthly meetings, and each month it is hosted by a different county. At these meetings we discuss senior issues with the other board members and talk about what is being done with AAA funds to improve the quality of life for seniors. Dave Norman usually keeps us informed of any state or national news that affects seniors in our area.
We have carefully collected and compiled all of the data we have received from the three summit meetings at the college. Most of the seniors said they wanted a place to socialize and get together as soon as possible. They also wanted a single place to have all senior services, a place to share and gather information. This place should be reasonably priced and not tax supported. We hear you! Now we are ready to move ahead with the next step. We would like to gather together all those who are willing to help us in any way to move forward to achieve our goal of having a senior center in Craig. Our next meeting will be Feb. 22, at 10 a.m. at the Bell Tower Building in room 202. We understand that this is not going to be a quick and easy project to bring to completion. We are in it for the long haul and hope that you will be also. Your help is essential. Anyone who is willing to help and can accept that we are envisioning something that will be of benefit to all of us who think of ourselves as “seniors.” Please come and bring your willingness to contribute, your great ideas, and anyone you know, no matter what age, who wants to participate.
Please feel free to contact one of us if you have questions that can’t wait until the meeting: Jean Jones at 970-824-3901, Kelly Nottingham at 970-326-8514, Evelyn Tileston at 970-824-6449 and Neil Folks at 970-326-8726.