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What three communities, some leaders, volunteers and donations are doing for their cities...
Five days a week a medium-sized building and some workers with big hearts host a gathering of senior citizens and their guests in Pleasant Groce, Utah, USA.
In the next cities north (American Fork, Utah) and south (Lindon, Utah) similar facilities are available five days a week to other seniors and visitors.
While the activity schedules at each of these "senior and community centers" may vary, the intent is the same: give senior citizens and others an activity center where they can meet and socialize each weekday and find additional assistance and facilities which might otherwise be unavailable or unaffordable.
Usually weekly a law student from Brigham Young University will be available to answer general legal questions, backed up by more detailed answers from a licensed attorney. Medical personnel provide weekly health screenings. A free movie is shown weekly, and the daily paper, as well as donated books are available for reading material. Games of Mahjong, Rummy, and Dominoes take place. Field trips are arranged. There are monthly potluck suppers, picnics, or other activities, and five days a week hot and nutritious lunches are served seniors for a donation of jjust $2.00 (younger guests tend to donate $5.)
Exercise equipment is available as are computers, and for those without transportation, a van provides rides and shopping trips for groceries and supplies. Local merchants provide sacks each Thursday containing canned, non-perishables, and seniors with garden surplus often bring in fresh fruits and vegetables to share.
These are facilities with wonderful programs and resources for their communities' seniors. They provide places and programs easily copied by other communities, which respect and look out for their seniors, and the seniors tend to live longer, happier lives as a result.
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