Meridian Star

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November 17, 2013

There’s more to being a senior

MERIDIAN — Seniors in our community should know that there are agencies here that are trying to keep their best interests at heart.

    From what I see in our scrapbooks here at Meridian Activity Center, in the "good ole days" there was an active Senior Citizen Club back in the 20th Century. They traveled by busload to visit our governor in an attempt to lower property taxes, traveled to fish camps, had barbeques, all kinds of activities. At one time, the club had 368 members who met in the old Senior Citizens Center (where Fire Station No. 1 is located on 14th Street).

    Today, we have numerous agencies and groups that cover various needs of the older population. The Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) led by Diana Glover (601-482-0512); Lifetime Quest (601-484-8696 Leah Hill); Multi-County Community Service Agency, which works with special needs seniors through Meals-On-Wheels, Foster Grandparent Program, weatherization of homes, etc. (601- 483-4838); Lauderdale County Council on Aging, which plans the May Is Older Americans Month activities; and Meridian Activity/Senior Citizen Center (601-485-1812). Several retiree groups meet at the center on a monthly basis: AARP, United Auto Workers, Retired Teachers, Telephone Pioneers, Daughters of the American Revolution, just to name a few.

    Did you know: If you are a member (yearly dues) of Lifetime Quest at Meridian Community College, you can audit any general education classes for free? They usually meet weekly over lunch with a guest speaker, but a weekly bulletin alerts every one to what is happening, a short trip, luncheon, etc.  And, Mississippi State University-Meridian campus also allows seniors (over the age of 65) to attend classes for free at the branch. However, if you have not gone to MSU as a student, you will need to fill out an application for a small fee, buy any books required in the class, etc.

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