Senior site offers social opportunity

ELIZABETHTOWN Rose Hudock sat leisurely in a folding chair, chatting with friends at the Elizabethtown Nutrition Site. The Elizabethtown Boquet Senior Housing resident said shes grateful for the wintertime companionship afforded by the site. Its an out. When youre cooped up all winter, it's a blessing to be with company, said Hudock. I enjoy the people, I enjoy the food - and the costs. The site, which is located at the Church of the Good Shepherd Parish Hall, attracts residents for Westport, Elizabethtown and Lewis. Site Manager Christel Bashaw said shed ike to see more people take advantage of the site. Hudock, who uses the Essex County Public Transportation service to travel to the site, agreed that more people should take advantage of the program. Mary Lou Fitzgerald of Westport also said that more people should come. She said she chose to utilize the site while work is done to remodel her kitchen, but it also provided a good chance to catch up with old friends. If people don't take advantage of these programs, you lose them, said Fitzgerald. Dawn Stoddard, an Aging Specialist with the Office for the Aging, recently gave a presentation on Lifeline and disaster preparedness at the Elizabethtown site. She said that along with serving a socialization function for seniors, the site provided a place for education and information. The meal costs $2 for people 60 and older. People are able to pay what they can afford, and no one is turned away. Lunch at the site is served every Friday at noon. The Nutrition Program is funded by the Essex County Office for the Aging, and operated by Adirondack Community Action Programs.

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