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May 8, 2013

Balancing fun and serious matters

PLATTSBURGH  — Laverne Ruth Olson was on a mission at the Senior Celebration held recently at the Senior Center in Plattsburgh: Get candy.

She visited the more than 30 vendors’ informational exhibits last week at the annual event sponsored by the Office for the Aging, the Nutrition Program for the Elderly and Joint Council for Economic Opportunity (JCEO).

Olson vied with her peers to win a prize from the many raffle drawings offered by event exhibitors. Prizes ranged from barbecue utensils, plants, lottery tree and a lantern.

“I hope I win a prize and hear about all these things,” said Olson, who lives in Plattsburgh.

“Right now, I’m at a stage I don’t need all of these different things.”

While browsing the vendors, she listened to the musical selections of Split Rock. Other bands on the bill included Backroads, The Castaways, and Frank and Gaylon. Emcee was Laurie Marvin, community-relations coordinator at Meadowbrook Healthcare.

“The activities consisted mostly of the bands,” said Patti Rauch, Senior Center program coordinator.

“They (seniors) really like the music and to dance. Now we have bands from beginning to end.”

Seniors fueled their dancing shoes with chicken Parmesan, a side of spaghetti and salad.

At the awards ceremony, the 90-plus tables received corsages and a plant. The Agency of the Year was awarded to Friends of the North Country. Business of the Year was awarded to Pine Harbor Assisted Living.

The Community Health Advocates Program, which is under the auspices of the Adirondack Health Institute, was one of the exhibitors.

The three-year-old program is grant-funded by the Affordable Care Act.

“The nice part for seniors, I don’t sell insurance,” said Erika Walker, a community-health advocate. 

“I want to sit and talk with them about the options that are available to go with their Medicare.”

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