Professionals share resource information |

Professionals share resource information

by Maggie O'Neill

About 35 people joined together in a Gardnerville church conference room last week shared information about how their agencies assist the elderly.

Representatives from the Family Support Council, Carson Valley American Association of Retired Persons, Douglas Area Rural Transit, Carson Valley Medical Center, Merrill Gardens and many others introduced themselves and spoke briefly about services.

“The main focus we seem to see with seniors in our office is for medical assistance,” said Karen Goode, supervisor of Douglas County Social Services.

She said social services personnel are working to understand new prescription cards os they can help seniors struggling with the issue.

“We’re doing our best to work with that and trying to understand (the cards) better.”

Paul Lockwood represented the 100-member group of Young At Heart Senior Citizens Club.

“Our primary objective, actually there are two, is to provide funds to support the upkeep of the senior center and to provide fun things for seniors to do,” he said.

Senior center events include barbecues, bingo, and craft fairs.

Lockwood also represented another group, the Douglas County Senior Advisory Board, a group that makes suggestions to county commissioners.

“Our last big effort was kind of a failure,” he said. “We said we needed a senior center and it didn’t get passed.”

Dan Doyle, senior library assistant for Douglas County libraries, talked about the large variety of services available to seniors through the libraries, including books on tape, large-print books, Internet access, and tax forms.

He thanked the senior citizen volunteers who help keep the library running.

“Seniors have been instrumental in helping us run the library. This is a quick note of thanks to those who help us.”

After introductions, a question-and-answer period helped agency representatives discover solutions to specific issues.

Leo Kreuger, a chaplain for Douglas County jail and representative for Carson Valley Christian Ministers Association, asked where he could get help for a 98-year-old woman who was quickly running out of money to pay her nursing home costs.

The Second Senior Enrichment Forum was sponsored by Douglas County TRIAD and Douglas County Senior Services Department.

TRIAD, established in 1996 to improve the quality of life for senior citizens in the county, is comprised of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, East Fork Fire and Paramedic Districts, and senior citizens.

Sgt. Tom Mezzetta, public information office for the sheriff’s office, thanked everyone for coming to the event. A table with information on various agencies was at the entrance to the room at the Carson Valley United Methodist Church, where the event occurred.