Assets in Action: LA Retired and Senior Organization is an asset

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By Bernadette Lauritzen

This week, I am writing about a community asset that is an asset in a very different way, but like a person that is an asset, may go unnoticed by many. The Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization and staff.

You might need to sit down for the next bit of information I am about to share with you. Ready? You can join the Los Alamos Senior Center at the age of 50. Sure, the older you are the better the benefits and resources, but yes, just 50 years old.

I want to highlight one program today, their wonderful home-delivered meal program. Los Alamos and White Rock have a fabulous staff and some pretty great volunteers, too.

As winter approaches, maybe you would prefer that mom or dad doesn’t head out on those snow-covered roads during the next few months. While hot lunches are served at both senior centers during the week, maybe you didn’t know that those meals could come to the door.

If you, a family member or friend are not able to cook for themselves sometimes due to a life situation, long or short term, good nutrition is imperative in healthy outcomes. Their meals not only have the ability to arrive compliments of a friendly driver, but also include milk, juice, an entrée, sides and dessert. 

Chefs Fred and Michael are ready for winter with hearty soups, pot pies, stews and more. As a matter of fact, their entire monthly menu is just a call or click away. You can request meals only on the days you like or when you would need some help.

The healthy meal is one key, the healthy relationship, is an added bonus. When my mother needed a little help, the lovely and talented Margie would arrive on her doorstep with a friendly face, a kind word, a hug and an extra set of eyes. The truth is, the dear Margie found my mother laying in the grass of the front yard one day when she delivered the meal.

If it wasn’t for Margie, she just might have laid there for quite a while. The senior center staff was even able to get the needed balls rolling without my mom losing a shred of dignity in the process. She never knew that I knew was happened that day.

You see, most people don’t want people to know they need help, mentally, financially, physically. So, if you think in a week or a month or a year that you might need some extra assistance, guidance or advice, give them a call.

They can fill you in on any costs associated with this program or any other. The truth is you can even make an end of the year donation to seniors that might be struggling with costs.

They are just a phone call away at 662-8920 or visit the center and pick up a newsletter.