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Area Agency on Aging

Posted on: July 16, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Two Wayne County Senior Center Benefit from State Grants

Several senior citizens mimic the instructor during Chair Exercise Class in the basement of the Earl

HONESDALE (July 10, 2020) -- Governor Tom Wolf recently announced the awarding of two grants to Wayne County for projects at the Senior Community Centers.

Overall 60 senior community centers throughout the commonwealth will be the recipients of Pennsylvania Department of Aging’s 2019-2020 grants – totaling $2 million in funding appropriated by the General Assembly from the Pennsylvania Lottery.

“Senior community centers play an immense role for older Pennsylvanians by assisting them with aging in place,” said Gov. Tom Wolf. “The grants will empower these centers to make their desired changes to further benefit regular attendees while attracting a new generation of participants.”

A grant for $143,500 will be used to install a generator and do some remodeling on the basement level of the Earl J. Simons Senior Center in Honesdale, which is currently used for art and other classes. New flooring and ceiling tiles will be installed and the hallways made wider for safety purposes.

A $15,000 grant to the Hamlin Senior Center will be used add a new exercise machine and install an electronic billboard on Route 590 to both advertise programs and hopefully attract more participants to the facility.

“These projects will make a positive impact for the senior community centers receiving the grants and the older adults they serve. As we return to some sense of normalcy, older Pennsylvanians may be eager to return to their local senior community center for the activities they enjoyed prior to the stay-at-home orders plus experience some new opportunities that may come once these projects are completed,” said Aging Secretary Robert Torres.

There are more than 500 senior community centers throughout Pennsylvania that provide a variety of offerings, such as nutritious meals, educational opportunities, transportation services, financial and insurance counseling and exercise programs. Proceeds from the Pennsylvania Lottery help to fund these programs every year.

To learn more about the senior centers in Wayne County, including transportation and meals, call the Wayne County Area Agency on Aging at 570-253-4262 or visit them online.

Pictured: Chair Exercise Class in the lower level of the Earl J. Simons Senior Community Center in Honesdale, which will be renovated to better accommodate consumer activities.

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