HONESDALE—Keeping in mind the older residents living in the area and all the individuals who work to provide a quality life for them, the Wayne County Board of Commissioners Proclaimed September “National Senior Center Month in Wayne County.”

The county's four senior centers are located in Honesdale, Hawley, Hamlin and Lakewood, each providing aging residents with an assortment of care and fun activities.

Speaking for the county senior centers at the meeting, Honesdale Director Pat Perkins explained some more popular events held at the centers include the recent Grandparents' Day festivities, celebrated on September 9 and a recent hike through Prompton Dam.

Other activities available at the centers include Bridge and Canasta groups, an emerging Mahjong group and a thriving writing club.

Line dancing and jazz dancing groups are also popular among the center residents.

Perkins stated there is an average of 100 prepared meals served each day between all four centers in the county.

Perhaps the most beneficial service offered by the centers are their APPRISE contacts, through which elderly residents can receive help navigating medical bills, insurance assistance, drug plans and enrollment in such plans, and general advice on what to do once over 65 years old.

Seniors wishing to make use of APPRISE are asked to call ahead to schedule an appointment. Calls can be directed to the Aging Office at (570) 253-4262.

Perkins reminded those present that annual enrollment for drug plans will be October 15 through December 7. She urged those applicable to check their plans and ensure they have the most cost-effective policies available.

The centers' goal, Perkins said, is to “keep everybody happy and in their homes,” emphasizing a push toward independence for elderly residents.

Aiding such independence are weekly Chronic Disease Seminars held at the Hawley Senior Center each Friday.

The three to four hour courses cover topics such as self-management techniques and caregiver advice for helping those with chronic diseases manage their symptoms.

In addition to these, the senior centers have also recently completed seminars on fall prevention techniques to aid seniors' independent living.

The commissioners all lauded the senior centers efforts and encouraged aging citizens to partake in some of the services they offer.

Commissioner Wendell Kay commended the focus on maintaining independence, stating that those independent seniors tend to also help others maintain their autonomy as well.

Board Chairman Brian Smith stated the centers are a “tremendous resource for people at retirement age who need help.”

Commissioner Joseph Adams attested to the rigorous work performed by site managers at the senior centers.

He thanked them for “going the extra mile in truly caring for our seniors and the community.”