West Feliciana Parish Council on Aging officials are reminding residents that they can help the senior program by taking part in the Adopt-a-Senior program.
The West Feliciana Parish Council on Aging was established in 1977 and serves about 200 seniors throughout the parish by providing meals, transportation, education, entertainment, utility assistance, material aid, medical alert units, medication management and homemaker assistance among other services.
The center’s goal is to enhance the lives of seniors.
“We assess each person’s situation and do our best to connect them with the services they need,” said Executive Director Pat Gilmore.
Open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, the Council on Aging offers transportation services for seniors who cannot drive, and rides are offered for medical appointments, banking, shopping and other errands.
Activities include playing games, exercising, listening to educational presentations, engaging in arts and crafts, using technology and receiving wellness checks.
Nutritionally balanced hot meals are served weekdays, amounting to about 250 meals annually. Meals also are delivered to homebound seniors. The cost of a meal for one senior is $5.75.
“What’s important to note is that all of the services provided by the Council on Aging are free to our seniors. As a result, we ask for donations from residents and businesses,” Gilmore explained. “We want to provide everything possible to ensure these seniors have nice lives, and donations help us continue to do that.”
The Adopt-a-Senior program, now it its fifth year, was created as a way to bring in needed donations and as a way for the community to show support for local seniors. All donations are tax deductible, may be mailed or dropped off and made monthly or annually, as a one-time payment or through an ongoing basis, Gilmore said.
Donation checks must be made payable to the West Feliciana Council on Aging and mailed to: West Feliciana Council on Aging, P.O. Box 1933, St. Francisville, 70775.
To learn more about the Adopt-a-Senior program, call (225) 635-6719.