Council on Aging’s Under 60 Transportation saves lives

Gloria Apper is a huge fan of the Luling Activity Center.

“Tm very impressed with the way with how the center is run,” Apper said. “The food is out of this world. Maybe because it’s Louisiana, where the food is so tasty and good, is why they give us this kind of food. It’s very nutritious and healthy, but it has a flavor.”

A native of Peru, the 80-year-old Apper is living in Des Allemands with her son after having lived in New York City and earlier in California.

“They try their very best to keep the seniors going … a little bit of dancing and treats,” she said. “This is the best parish in Louisiana.”

Billie Kinder, 88, is equally appreciative of the Luling center in what she receives, as well as what she’s able to give.

“I was able to teach people to do crafts,” she said. “I’ve just been with them ever since. A lot of the liked to play cards and we liked to make them feel free to do what they like to do.”

At the Norco Activity Center, Mary Ann Chiona, 70, said she and her husband, Kenneth, 73, have been going to this center since March. They formerly went to the New Sarpy Center.“It helps us not being bored,” Chiona said. “We like doing the activities that they do.”

St. Charles Council on Aging runs three centers in the parish in Luling, New Sarpy and Norco that provide meals and activities to all senior adults in the parish. The Home Delivered Meal Site is at 626 Pine St., Hahnville, and delivers hot meals every weekday, as well as frozen ones on weekends and holidays, to home-bound senior citizens.

Based on funding through the United Way of St. Charles, the Council on Aging provides “Under 60 Transportation.”

Parish residents under 60 years old who are disabled and need to go to the pharmacy, dialysis or therapy typically qualify for the help.

April Keller, executive director of the Council on Aging, said the service is live saving for many. To line up a ride, call by 1 p.m. the day prior to the appointment. “Without the UW funding, the Council on Aging would not be able to do this.”

Overall, the agency serves the parish’s estimated 7,700 seniors, disabled people and family caregivers with services and information to promote physical and mental health, as well as offers options for living that ensure personal dignity and individual choice.activities to all senior adults.


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