Partners in Living Well: Meet the columnists
By: Arna Rennan and Kirsten Cruikshank, Lake County News Chronicle
It’s time to introduce ourselves. This column entitled “Partners in Living Well” includes Socially Active Seniors and Community Partners of Two Harbors. We are extremely happy to have been invited by the Lake County News-Chronicle to write a regular column pertaining to seniors in Lake County. It is an opportunity to inform readers about upcoming activities, encourage participation and editorialize from time to time. We will begin by taking turns writing articles that will appear the first and third weeks of each month.
You may already be familiar with Socially Active Seniors. Our purpose is to provide meaningful social and informative activities for those 55 and older. Throughout the year, this consists of presentations, picnics, celebrations, bus trips, boat rides, visits to plays and more.
SAS is supported by your contributions, grants from the City of Two Harbors and the United Way of Greater Duluth, and through various fundraising efforts.
Community Partners was founded in 2000 to help older adults (age 60+) live independently in their own homes or apartments. We provide services, like rides to medical appointments, thanks to our wonderful volunteers. We also offer family caregiver support, and education on topics that promote an understanding of aging well and living independently.
Community Partners receives a variety of county, state and federal grants through the Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging and other sources. We are also thankful for the support of local business and individuals.
Socially Active Seniors just completed a fundraiser – a spaghetti-feed for Grandma’s Marathon runners and local community members. You can always depend on us to make healthy, tasty homemade goodness from scratch. We hope this event – now in its second year — will become a fixture on our (and your) annual calendar. This year we were pleased to note an increase in attendance, but there’s always room for more at our table, so next year we hope you’ll invite your friends and family, too.
Coming up very shortly is the annual SAS Pie Social, which will be held at the Two Harbors Community Center on the Fourth of July. Once again, you will find homemade pies, some you may not have tasted in years. Count on the seniors in our community to keep these recipes available to us. Just follow Lady Liberty and Uncle Sam to the community center at 505 First Avenue. Pies with ice cream and beverages will be served from 4 p.m. until the fireworks begin.
We invite you to participate in a community conversation by contacting us about your concerns, interests and helpful information that pertains to seniors in the area. We want to include your ideas in this column and we hope each resident of Lake County will be our Partner in Living Well. Contact Arna Rennan, activity director for SAS at 218-525-4534, firstname.lastname@example.org or Kirsten Cruikshank, Director of Community Partners, 218-834-8024, email@example.com