CLEARFIELD – As more residents are reaching the age of 60 and above, Davis County Senior Services is seeking to involve more of them in its programs.
That includes everything from making seniors aware of classes, volunteer opportunities and other services, said Director Kristy Cottrell.
“We’d like to continue to reach out to vulnerable populations, such as caregivers in the community,” she said.
“There are now a lot of caregivers who are under stress,” Cottrell said. An example of a caregiver is one who is taking care of a spouse or other loved one with Alzheimer’s Р basically a full-time job.
Senior Services also wants to assist those approaching the age of 65. Classes are available outlining what is available through Medicare and how to navigate the system, she said.
People need to be made aware of the Ombudsman Program, which deals with the rights and conditions for residents of long term care facilities, Cottrell said.
Many younger seniors, especially if they’ve recently retired, want to keep busy, possibly through volunteering.
“There are more volunteer opportunities than just those at the senior centers, although those are also important,” she said.
The three senior centers are often in need of drivers and others to help with the Meals on Wheels distribution as well as serve the in-center congregate meals.
The Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) provides dozens of opportunities across the county.
“Maybe there’s a retired nurse who would be a fantastic ombudsman,” for example, Cottrell said.
The RSVP has opportunities at the two county hospitals, schools, Antelope Island, and elsewhere.
Senior Services is also working to increase health and fitness-based afternoon and evening programs, she said.
For example, the Autumn Glow Senior Activity Center has partnered with Kaysville Parks & Recreation. Some of that department’s classes are offered at the senior center.
There have also been several opportunities for seniors to participate from the North Davis Senior Activity Center at the Clearfield Aquatic Center.
Bountiful’s Golden Years Center now offers an evening class that is drawing attendees up to age 90.
To better familiarize seniors with such offerings, Cottrell said senior staff and in-center volunteers will be trained in what options are available.
“We want to help increase the knowledge base of staff and volunteers, more beyond what they’re assigned,” she said.