Senior citizens welcomed at Caraway Sr. Life Center

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Caraway Senior Life Center has been serving the community since 1995 when it opened in the city hall complex. It did not take long to outgrow the building and thanks to the city of Caraway, a new home was provided in 1997. The senior citizen center moved into the former Murphy/Kincannon building located on the corner of Kentucky and New York Streets.

Ruth Rhodes, Sue Clements, Mary Wilson and Dorothy Whittenburg enjoy a game of canasta before lunch at the Senior Life Center in Caraway.

Cleffie Gipson has served as site director for many years and is proud of the facility.

"We have such a great place here for area seniors to come for fellowship, lunch, exercise and much more," Gipson said. "We have activities to help pass their days and it really is like a big family. We have exercise equipment, pool table, piano, and lots of arts and craft material."

Gipson said she is looking for volunteers who would like to give a little time and share their talents to teach painting or other art and craft projects to the seniors.

"At one time we had over 55 attending," Gipson said. "We now have 28 enrolled and an average daily attendance of 15-20. We have room for more and we would love to have anyone over 60 come and join us. We have a lot of fun. We are usually down in number during the summer months."

Lunch is served at 11:15 a.m. and a $2 donation is asked to help with the lunch expense. The center is open Monday, Wednesday and Fridays from 8 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

Guest speakers offer information from time to time and medical technicians come occasionally to offer blood pressure and sugar testing.

A speaker, Deborah Levins, RN BSN, will be in Caraway at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 26, to speak on elder abuse.

The Caraway Senior Life Center is part of the St. Bernards HealthCare Agency. Area Senior Life Centers include Harrisburg, Lepanto, Marked Tree, and Trumann; and in Craighead County, Monette, Lake City, Jonesboro and Caraway.

For more information on activities or to volunteer, call Gipson at (870) 482-3348, or drop by the Senior Life Center for a visit.

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