The annual Sandusky County Senior Day celebration brings hundreds of seniors together to enjoy music, dancing, food and fellowship. It’s one event among many offered by the Great Lakes Community Action Partnership (GLCAP) Seniors Services department to enhance the quality of life for local seniors, who have access to daily programming at three different senior center sites in Sandusky County.
Senior center sites in Clyde, Fremont and Gibsonburg host regular games, health education, music, weekday meals and other activities for seniors to enjoy.
"Our programming enhances the quality of life for those we serve," Senior Services Director Robin Richter said. "Seniors want to have opportunities to remain active and involved in the community, and that’s what we provide."
The department provided 66,150 meals in 2016, and served 957 seniors through education, health, socialization and other programming.
Meals-on-Wheels is one of the bulwark programs of the department. The service provides daily nutrition through home-delivered weekday meals as well as an added layer of security for seniors.
"Regular weekday visits from Meals-on-Wheels helps ensure that homebound seniors are safe," Richter said.
"Drivers are able to check on seniors during the mid-day when family and friends may not be able to visit. If a driver finds that a person is in need of medical assistance, that driver can then
immediately seek help for the senior."
More than 380 homebound seniors received assistance from Meals-on- Wheels in 2016, both by employed
drivers and volunteer drivers.