Linda Meyer-Adams said she will miss the people the most now that she has retired as the director of the County Seat Senior Center.
She served as the director for seven years and has been with the Mid East Area Agency on Aging (MEAAA) for eight years. The first year she was the director of a center in Gerald, but was transferred to the County Seat in 2006.
“I will miss being in touch with the people —especially the seniors, they give you so much input,” Meyer-Adams said, “They are all caring people and they have a lot of questions.”
Meyer-Adams was raised in Gerald, and still lives in the city. She graduated from Owensville High School.
She has four grown children and eight grandchildren.
Meyer-Adams said she was a stay-at-home mom while raising her children, but in 1970 she went to work at Beaufort Transit until it closed.
At the company she worked with customers and later trained employees. She added that she enjoyed working with the customers and employees.
“I am a people person,” Meyer-Adams said.
She said that she gained a new family at County Seat and many of the seniors there helped when she lost her husband.
“They saw me through a really bad time,” Meyer-Adams said. “They gave me so much support during the grieving time.”
Meyer-Adams officially retired in early April, and plans to stay in touch with many of the seniors.
“I already had to call and talk to some of them,” she said. “I know it will go fine and I will get back into a routine.”
She is planning trips to both Germany and Australia, she said, as well as to a time-share in Florida.
“I’m going to have a lot of opportunities to travel, she said.
She also will continue the work with her church, Ebenezer Stone United Church of Christ.
Meyer-Adams said the church sponsors a children’s home in Jamaica and she had donated a large potion of the memorial following her husband’s death to a library at the home.
When she first came to the County Seat Senior Center, Meyer-Adams said she didn’t expect to remember the names of everyone she met.
“I thought that I would never remember all of these people,” she said, “but it didn’t take long and I was able to put names with faces.”
One memory that sticks out is when a senior’s heart stopped while at the center.
“I kept saying his name, saying his name and then I shook him,” she remembers.
The man came to and was taken to the hospital where he was treated.
While, Meyer-Adams said she only did what anyone would do, the man considered her a life-saver.
He came back to the center to see her.
“When he walked in, he just gave me a big hug and said, ‘You’re my angel and I wouldn’t be here without you,’ ” she said.
Meyer-Adams said she also will remember telling the seniors stories and jokes, and the “weird and wacky” games they would play at the center.
“I always wanted to do something to make things interesting for them,” she said.
Meyer-Adams added that she is concerned with cuts to funding for MEAAA and the meals for homebound seniors.
She said now the meals on wheels program provides hot meals to seniors, but cuts could result in frozen meals.
At the center, there are affordable meals provided for a donation of $3.25, Meyer-Adams said. She said there also are meal vouchers for $30, which provides 10 meals.
The senior center is open Mondays through Fridays to all seniors in the area, age 60 or older, or handicapped. Meals are served daily.