CPCSD to expand services for seniors

By From page A6 | February 21, 2014

The Board of Directors of the Cameron Park Community Services District voted to approve expanding the facilities and programs for seniors at its Feb. 13 meeting.

The directors reached that decision after hearing the results of a survey of Cameron Park seniors carried out by Vicky Ludwig, commissioner on the El Dorado County Commission on Aging, and CPCSD staff.

A majority of those responding to the survey favored having a separate meeting space and bulletin board for seniors. Ludwig suggested as a long-range goal that the district eventually hire an activities director just for them.

Currently, programs for seniors are being offered in the Social Room, which is located in the Community Center. The board’s decision would expand the number of programs, utilizing Classroom B, which is in the gym, for a few hours during different days of the week.

The survey revealed that activities seniors were most interested in included games, guest speakers, special events, arts/crafts, cooking, music and fitness. CPCSD staff said some of the programs would be free while others would be fee-based. The programs would be coordinated with the El Dorado Commission on Aging and other senior service groups.

Ludwig said a Mature Leadership Council of Cameron Park had recently been formed which could help in soliciting volunteers to teach programs and facilitate guest speakers for seniors. She also recommended holding an open house for seniors in May to celebrate Older Americans Month.

The board’s movement towards providing more services for seniors was applauded although there were some objections about where the programs should be held.

Director Vicky Neibauer wanted one room dedicated just for seniors, five days a week, for both structured programs as well as meeting place.
“It would be a place for seniors to visit, have a cup of coffee, put a puzzle together or participate in a structured program,” she said. “I don’t think that’s too much to ask.”

Residents attending the meeting had their own suggestions. Bill Carey urged the board to stop talking about more services for seniors and to just do it, saying that when the bond for the community center was first being circulated, it was to be called a community senior center not a community center. Barbara Rogers thought seniors should be given the Social Room rather than Classroom B, saying that’s what was intended when the community center was being planned. Gerald Lillpop agreed, saying the Social Room should be the senior room. “Open it up,” he said. “You have a constituency for it. The only growth industry in Cameron Park is senior housing … Stop talking and do something.”

The directors ended the discussion by voting to continue using the Social Room for some events while expanding senior programs to Classroom B. Directors Sean Tucker, Shiva Frentzen and Scott McNeil voted for the measure; Neibauer voted no; Greg Stanton was absent.

In other actions, the board did an initial review of the mid-year financial report. It put off until its Feb. 19 meeting a decision to hire someone to staff the front desk and approval of a financial services management contract.

Contact Dawn Hodson at 530-344-5071 or [email protected] Follow @DHodsonMtDemo on Twitter.

Dawn Hodson

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