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I am concerned that our commissioners are considering cutting the Senior Center out of the county budget. I would hate to see this happen. Since I volunteer there, I see how much our seniors depend on it to maintain their independence. They can come in for a hot, nutritious meal and not have to eat it alone. If they are homebound or sick, the meal will be delivered to them by volunteers. Many of our seniors no longer drive, so they can take Archuleta County transportation to get to their doctor’s appointments, pick up meds, go to City Market or come in for activities with their friends. They can call or come in to get referrals for assistance, use the computers, attend classes or get their Medicare questions answered. The Medicare assistance is vital to our elderly, many of whom are on fixed incomes and trying to pay for groceries as well as their medications.
In short, there are many individuals who rely on the Senior Center for their physical, mental and social well being. I would hate to see us lose something that can help our seniors stay active in our community. If you feel as I do, please contact our commissioners to voice your opinion.