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Are You Looking For A Good Project For Your Community?

Updated on September 7, 2012
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Demas is the father of five and "Grampa" for 17 along with freelancing, editing, and publishing such books as his "Haiku American Style."

"One thing just led to another...."

Putting a halo on good samaritans.
Putting a halo on good samaritans. | Source

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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Copyright 2012 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.




The Jacobs Senior Center, Pleasant Grove, Utah, USA -  Population 34,500
The Jacobs Senior Center, Pleasant Grove, Utah, USA - Population 34,500 | Source
The Senior Center in American Fork, Utah, USA Population - 27,000
The Senior Center in American Fork, Utah, USA Population - 27,000 | Source
The Senior Center and Community Center in Lindon, Utah, USA  Population - 10,500
The Senior Center and Community Center in Lindon, Utah, USA Population - 10,500 | Source

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Sounds like a great place. I hope that most communities can do this for seniors.

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      Janhorner 5 years ago

      Fantastic hub. The Centers look really nice and comfortable. This is such an inspiration for senior citizens. All the activities you need to keep yourself fit in both body and mind. Excellent.

      Jan

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      picklesandrufus 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      What a wonderful idea! I hope it has great success and is a model for other communities. Thanks for this hub.

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      Nathan Bernardo 5 years ago from California, United States of America

      This is definitely a good thing, people helping each other, and doing the right thing. I'm taking care of my mother and she is able to go to a senior center a couple times a week and there's other programs I'm looking into for her. For years I worked with people with developmental disabilities and one of the things we did was take them to a community program (among other things) in which food was served, games played, movies watched, etc. and it was all done with volunteer work and funded on donations. Good people, good times.

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