Latest News – March 26

Meals On Wheels and County Deals: Leadville Seniors

Since its initial report more than 14 months ago, Leadville Today remains committed to bringing readers updates about the progress being made for senior citizens in Lake County. Below is the March 2017 Lake County Senior Citizen Center Newsletter.

The Lake County Senior Citizen Center provides community meals and a place to socialize in Leadville.

It includes information about local services and programs for senior citizens. The newsletter also includes a first-hand report from Ruth Purkat who has been the Lake County Representative to the Regional Advisory Council (RAC) of the Area Agency on Aging  (AAA) for the past couple of years. It was a seat she accepted after a more than 7-year gap of Lake County representation. RAC consists of laypersons and service providers who represent the interests of older adults in the AAA Planning, and advocate on their behalf.

The RAC reviews agency outreach, long-term planning, programs, and service delivery that affect older adults. The RAC encourages and supports the involvement of older Coloradans in sharing their views on these policies and programs.

In addition to her local commitment to senior services, Purkat was born in Leadville, she went to school here, raised a big family here, owned a business here, and volunteered for countless boards and committees in Lake County.  Most would consider her opinion not only valuable, but perhaps essential to good, open, accountable democracy, especially in a small community like Lake County.

The Leadville/Lake County Board of Directors provides an update on their progress to residents and county officials during their April 2016 meeting. Unfortunately, budgetory politics would play heavy in the final negotiations, and instead of necessary services, Lake County Seniors would receive a $24,000 study to be conducted by Lake County Build-A-Generation, a youth-driven group. Photo: Leadville Today

Leadville Today thinks leaders like Purkat should be heard, which is why you will find the March 2017 Lake County Senior Citizen Center newsletter posted below. You may click on each image in order to generate a larger, more easy-to-read version of the newsletter. Also for readers who are interested in comparing the progress with older LT reports: March 2016 and May 2016.

There’s a lot of serious changes on tap for senior services under the current administration in Washington, including the coveted Meals on Wheels programs. Stay tuned to Leadville Today for updates about how many Lake County residents will be affected by this decision and how the local community can help. 

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