Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

Opinion

September 6, 2012

Letter:Seniors deserve town financial support, too

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Elder Services provides invaluable benefits to a significant segment of the town’s population. These include services for seniors who have paid taxes into the town’s coffers for years and who either now rely on town assistance to help make ends meet, or seek support for a meaningful, fulfilling retirement.

For those not familiar with these essential resources, they include: a drop-in center; health clinics; nutrition program/Meals on Wheels; outreach and counseling; a social day program, and for those seniors not needing such aid, a central place for cultural, social and educational activities. With the recent expansion to include the new baby boomer program, BoomerVenture, those over 55 also have exciting choices such as challenging exercise, life learning, and, as of this September, a quality independent film series that is open to all town residents.

These senior-focused programs importantly enhance the quality of life for a substantial segment of the town’s residents. They should get more town directed financial respect – and support.

Lois Karfunkel

22 Orchard Crossing

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