BY RICK WRIGHT –
The Cossatot Senior Center just north of Wickes, about one mile from the Lighthouse, delivers meals to the homebound, Monday through Friday, and serves lunch at the center at 11:45 a.m.
The Center has music three days a week, played by local musicians. Bingo is held twice a week and they play dominos and build puzzles every day. And, of course, there is plenty of socialization for people over 60 years old. Doctors say that getting senior citizens out of the house to a place they can socialize may extend their lives as much as 15 years or more.
“We do a shopping trip once a month, ” said Taryn Jenkins, Director of the Cossatot Senior Center. “We hold caregiver seminars twice a month.”
“I’ve been here at the center for seven years,” said Jenkins . “I’ve been the Director for three years. We’ve been up here on the hill since 2004. The Cossatot Senior Center started out in the blue building down at Wickes.”
Cossatot Senior Center serves about 30 people at the Center every day. They also deliver somewhere between 30 and 40 meals to homebound senior adults from the edge of Hatfield to the Sevier County line.
“The suggested donation for anyone 60 years and older is $3.00 and anyone under 60 years of age is $5.00,” said Jenkins. “We don’t turn anyone away, we pick people up at their homes and bring them to the center and take them home after lunch.”
The family atmosphere at the center draws south Polk County folks together, taking the place of the screened-in porch conversations of years ago.
“We love our people here at Cossatot Senior Center and enjoy bringing them together for food, music and games,” said Jenkins. “The Center operates on federal and state funds; however, those funds only cover about 60 percent, so we rely on the suggested donations to make up the difference.”
Cossatot Senior Center, a place for the elderly to gather, eat and enjoy being around people who care about them.