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By John Beltrone

Jewish Family Services and Colorado Senior Connections halted senior services in Edgewater on Oct. 31 due to a loss of funding. This change unfortunately marks the end of over five years of service by Activities and Volunteer Coordinator Felica Goett. Thank you, Felica, for all your work and the impact you have made in our community. Personally, I enjoyed getting to know my neighbors better during the senior yard clean-up days you organized. Filling Felica’s void will be quite an undertaking, one that the city takes seriously. Felica started many programs in Edgewater, and we would like to honor her by keeping these programs running successfully.

Over the last month, the city has been working on a transition plan for senior services. After discussions with instructors and leaders within the current programs, it was determined that most programs can continue once the new Civic Center building opens in late November. Where possible, schedules will line up with their former times.

The city plans on continuing the following services: Stitch and Chatter, Bunco, Classical Music Connections, Senior Eccentrics, Senior Meditation, Senior Trips, and Coffee and Conversation. Most of the instructors will be the same, and city recreation staff will be helping to ensure these programs continue to be successful. The city also plans on continuing to hold senior-specific special events, such as senior brunches, the senior holiday party, and the senior snow angel program. You can see everything that’s planned for 2019 in our new calendar software on the city’s website at www.playedgewater.com.

Looking ahead, the city is working to bring SilverSneakers to the new Civic Center. SilverSneakers is a comprehensive fitness program that improves seniors’ overall well-being, strength and social skills. Designed for all levels and abilities, this program is provided by many health plans at no additional cost. SilverSneakers provides access to fitness equipment, group exercise classes, social networking, online education, and a sense of community. You can find more information at www.silversneakers.com.

  Staff will be presenting more details about city-provided senior services at our next council meeting at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 6 (in the new Civic Center!). I hope this presentation will be the start of a community-wide conversation on how we can continue to improve senior services as we transition to our new facilities and move forward.

Edgewater Recreation Manager Patrick Martinez has played a big role in services for older adults. I want to thank Patrick for this work and for contributing to this article.

Contact Councilmember John Beltrone at jbeltrone@edgewaterco.com or 720-643-6077.