Cathy Christensen has taken the helm at the County Seat Senior Center.
She began working with the Mid-East Area Agency on Agency (MEAAA) in late April following the retirement of the former director Linda Meyer-Adams.
“I am very excited about being here,” she said. “Everybody has been so helpful and knowledgeable — the seniors are open and friendly.”
“They all look out for each other here,” Christensen added.
This isn’t the first time that Christensen has been employed by the MEAAA. From 1991 to 2000, she was the Meals on Wheels coordinator. She worked out of the Eureka office.
The married mother of three sons and grandmother of five said she then worked for Express Scrips but started looking for something closer to her Pacific area home.
“This opened up and I am excited about that,” she said.
Christensen said she wants to make sure there are activities that the seniors will enjoy at County Seat.
“From past experience working with seniors, this is a rewarding job,” she said. “I’m going to be a senior very soon and I want to make sure the same opportunities are available for future seniors.”
According to Christensen, what makes the County Seat Senior Center unique is the center isn’t housed in a facility owned by some other organization.
“This is our building,” she said.
She added that there are many seniors who have been going to the center for years that have aided her in her transition.
“There are seniors who have been here for years. They are my helpers,” Christensen said. “They show me what it is like so I know going forward.”
There will be some new programs coming to the library, including a healthy living class.
Christensen said the class is a self-management program for those living with chronic illnesses including heart disease, diabetes, asthma and other diseases.
“I am always open to suggestions for new activities,” she added.
Christensen noted that those at the center are gearing up for a rummage sale June 22-23. It will be held Saturday, June 22, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, June 23, from 1-4 p.m.
The center also raises funds through its jam sessions that are held the second and fourth Thursday of each month. A meal is served at 5 p.m. and the music begins at 6 p.m.
There are blood pressure screenings and sugar checks every month, exercise classes, bingo on Tuesdays and Fridays and monthly birthday and anniversary celebrations.
On June 14, the kitchen band will perform for Father’s Day.
There also are trips to Wal-Mart offered the second and fourth Wednesday of each month.
At the center, there are affordable meals provided for a donation of $3.25.
The senior center is open Mondays through Fridays to all seniors in the area, age 60 or older, or handicapped. Meals are served daily.
Anyone may come to lunch, but those who are not seniors must pay $6.25.
“Our lunches are well put together and they are tasty,” said Christensen. “We have an amazing staff.”
Christensen said due to budget cuts, there are some homebound seniors who receive frozen meals instead of hot meals.
Most of those seniors live in the Gerald area, she noted.
“Hopefully going forward we can resume those,” she said.
Christensen added that there is a need for volunteers to deliver meals — in particular in Villa Ridge.
She said the deliveries take about one hour and meals are ready by 10:30 a.m. The center will reimburse drivers for gas mileage.
There also will soon be a blog about the center.