Central Crossing still working for community

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

While the doors to Central Crossing Senior Center may be closed, staff have adjusted to the times and are still busy working to enhance the lives of area seniors.

The dining room is closed, staff are providing more meals now than when “things were normal”? In fact, Central Crossing is now averaging 800 meals per week. 

“Seniors have discovered these meals are tasty, good for you; and extremely convenient,” a press release said. “While the main entrees are frozen, they are ‘freshly frozen.’ Thus, they are not only high in protein, they are low in sodium. Additionally, each meal comes with milk, bread and a desert.

‘So, at least until the day comes again when the Center reopens, why not give the frozen meal program a try? Call the center’s administrator for more information.”

In the meantime, the Center is continuing it’s Home Delivered Meal program. Designed for “shut ins,” it is similar to the above, but the meals are delivered to the senior.

Since so many seniors are staying home these days, it is easy to feel, “I’ve been forgotten” and it can be comforting to receive a call from a friend who cares.

“With this in mind, and because we do care, Central Crossing Senior Center has re-instated its telephone reassurance phone calls,” the release said. “This service is pretty straight-forward: During this time of social distancing, someone from Central Crossing Senior Center’s friendly volunteer phone staff will call you each week. Our purpose is just to make sure you are staying well, that you have plenty of supplies, and to reassure you that this too, will pass.”  

Lastly, Senior Age Area Agency on Aging (Senior Age) has a free alert program residents may be interested in.

“This is a program that provides you with fraud alerts as well as disaster service notifications, and helpful senior living tips; even information as to when and under what circumstances the Center will open again,” the release said.

Residents are encouraged to call Central Crossing Administrator Terri Johnson regarding any or all of the programs listed above. Johnson can be reached at 417-858-6952 between the hours of 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.