Judson Haims
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January 14, 2013
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Vail Daily column: Group supports local seniors, their caregivers

Eagle Valley Senior Life is a not-for-profit helping organization in the Vail Valley whose purpose is to support seniors, their families and caregivers in Eagle County. Eagle Valley Senior Life does this through sharing, caring enriching activities and socialization, building connections with other seniors and community members, providing resources for seniors and offering respite help for caregivers.

Eagle Valley Senior Life aims to enhance the health, safety and quality of life for our Eagle county seniors.

As of the 2010 census, one in every six people in Eagle County is over the age of 55 years. As the population of the United States, grows and ages, the need for senior services and caregiver support and respite is increasing. In Eagle County, a significant portion of senior social, transportation and support services, and caregiver support and respite needs are currently lacking. Eagle Valley Senior Life aims to help address these gaps.

Eagle Valley Senior Life participants represent a diverse sector of Eagle County's senior population, geographics and health spectrums. Activities are held in Minturn at Maloit Park's Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy Senior Spot. It is a lovely and spacious center in a serene mountain setting, located a half mile off of Highway 6 and 24, just at the south side of Minturn. The Senior Spot meets Monday and Thursday afternoons from 1-4 p.m. Transportation is available. Healthy snacks are always provided.

Eagle Valley Senior Life/Senior Spot Director Bev Christiansan cheerfully describes the warm, caring environment and diverse activities offered.

"We aim to provide a variety of creative, educational and physically stimulating activities that enable all members to engage in a welcoming and safe social environment," she said.

Recent activities included breakfast in Avon, a bus trip and tour to Beaver Creek's "By Nature Gallery," and a viewing of the PBS film "Snowmastodon," about the archaelogical "find of the century" in Snowmass.

Upcoming activities include:

• Snowshoeing and screening of "Olympic Octogenerians" (a very inspiring profile of 90-100-plus-year-old athletes whose dedication and physicality will challenge even the " youngsters" among us) Jan. 17 at 1 p.m.

Later January and February activities feature:

• A naturalist led astronomy winter show.

• "Legends of Skiing" film screening.

• Valentine's treat and candle making and songs.

• Valentine's Day party to honor caregivers.

• Westminster Dog Show watching party - complete with noted dog trainer and ceramic and edible treat making.

• Come and join the fun. Share new experiences. Shake the winter blues and meet new friends. For a full calender of upcoming Eagle Valley Senior Life /Senior Spot activities, see www.evslife.org/calender. To volunteer, attend or for transportation to Eagle Valley Senior Life /Senior Spot events, call 970-977-0188.

Judson Haims is the owner of Visiting Angels and may reached at 970-328-5526.


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