HONESDALE - Noting more than a quarter of the Wayne County population is over the age of 60, the Commissioners issued a proclamation in recognition of Older Americans Month and hosted representatives from the Area Agency on Aging Thursday, May 11.

Aging Administrator Jacqueline Sturgis discussed the myriad of services the agency provides to seniors from the new Adult Day Services in Hawley and the senior action centers around the county to protective services and caregiver support.

Commissioner Chairman Brian Smith noted that much of what the people of Wayne County enjoy every day was created by those who are now seniors, and he said, “They deserve our respect and our care.”

Commissioner Wendell Kay touted the APPRISE program, which includes trained professionals who helps seniors navigate the complex and confusing options available through Medicare, and urged those preparing for retirement to take advantage of the free service.

Commissioner Joseph Adams, whose mother served as director of the Hawley Senior Center, noted his appreciation for how much the Aging staff cares for and takes care of seniors in Wayne County.

The proclamation notes that what it means to age has changed and the community can provide opportunities to enrich the lives of people of all ages by involving older adults in the redefinition of aging in the community, promoting home- and community-based services that support independent living, encouraging older adults to speak up for themselves and others, and providing opportunities for them to share their experiences.
To celebrate, the Aging office is offering a free lunch and free transportation to new members who fill out an application to the join the centers this Wednesday, May 17. Contact the office at 570-253-4262 to make arrangements.