Wide array of services offered at senior centers

PETER SILAS PASQUA ppasqua@postsouth.com
The Iberville Council on Aging offers aerobics exercises for senior citizens at its Plaquemine Senior Center. Among other services offered include transportation, home delivered meals and utility assistance. 
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PLAQUEMINE – The Iberville Council on Aging offers a wide array of services at its four senior centers located within the parish.

The mission of the COA is to provide the best service to seniors 60 and older.

"A lot of them are lonely," Iberville COA director Charlene Siplin said. "We have had instances where people are home by themselves and come out and socialize. You wouldn't believe how many thank us everyday for having this service for them."

Among the services the agency offers are transportation, home delivered meals, utility assistance, wellness, Acadian on call, telephoning and congregate meals. Information is provided to every senior that call in

Gussie Lewis, 96, has regularly taken advantage of services offered for the past seven years.

"I live alone but I love people so this is a chance to meet some new ones," Lewis said. "I come three days a week. I don't come everyday unless there is something special. I stay home and do yard work the other days."

Seminars, Bingo, arts and crafts and games are some other programs the agency offers.

"Some like to just sit and read," Siplin said.

An aerobics program is also available with two different age groups.

"We go on trips and have picnics, too." Siplin said.

The agency recently toured the D-Day Museum in New Orleans and went to the casino. Themed luncheons are also popular with seniors preparing their own dish, along with fashion and hat shows.

In October, seniors wear pink for Breast Cancer Awareness and every Thanksgiving, Georgia Gulf sponsors a senior luncheon at the Carl Grant Civic Center. It will be held Nov. 21 this year.

"I didn't put that much into it," Rev. Henry Tatten. "My wife knew more about it than I did. I didn't know it was a place I could go and meet other people.

"I don't consider myself to be elderly but I am in that area. It has relaxed me. At this point, I am looking at where do I go from here. I might decide to stay here."

The sites also come together for functions.

In some instances, each site have their own function and other times, everybody comes together.

The Iberville Council on Aging locations are: Plaquemine – 58105 Court St., 225-687-9682; White Castle – 55050 Latino St., 225-545-3711; Carville – 5445 Point Clair Road, Bldg. 166, 2225-319-7099 and Maringouin – 77375 Wheelock Lane, 225-625-2125.