County Road 11: Lauderdale Co. Council on Aging

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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) -- The month of May is Older Americans Month, and many locals have been keeping a busy schedule.

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From bowling to bingo to golf, the Lauderdale County Council on Aging provides many opportunities for area seniors. They are featured on this week's County Road 11.

In the early 1970's, Meridian Mayor Al Key appointed the Lauderdale County Council for Aging to determine the needs of older people in Lauderdale County. It was designed to promote activities and programs that would aid and assist meeting the needs of senior citizens in the county. Since then, the Council has been a driving force in Lauderdale County for those 55 and up.

"I've had the honor of being a board member on the Lauderdale Council on Aging for the past eight years," said Susie Broadhead of Meridian. "This is my first year to attend without an official t-shirt just to play. This is an amazing council we have in Lauderdale County. It's been active since 1972."

As part of Older American's Month, the Lauderdale Council on Aging has held a number of events, including a golf tournament at Lakeview, pool tournaments, bingo, an evening comedy show, and a bowling tournament.

"I like it because it's good exercise, and like I said, I like people," said Cathy Jones of Meridian. "I enjoy meeting new people and I have a lot of friends out here. I've bowled out here since 1987 and I love it."

These events also give local vendors who serve the elderly a chance to meet them in a social environment and get a chance to help out in any way.

"If you have a family member that's maybe falling a lot and they don't really know what to do or which way to go with it, we're here to help them," said Dana Hollern of Deaconess Home Care. "We're here to help them and get them on the right track to what steps they need to take."

No matter your age, you're never too old to have fun, and enjoy life, and these Older Americans are proving it every day.

The Lauderdale County Council on aging is located at 3300 32nd Ave. in Meridian.

The phone number is (601) 485-1812. The next big event is a fish fry at the Frank Cochran Center a week from Friday beginning at 11:00 a.m.