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Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton to hold second Mayor’s Neighborhood Summit Saturday

On Saturday, Mayor Linda Gorton will hold her second Mayor’s Neighborhood Summit to engage community members on issues affecting the city. From 8:30 a.m.-Noon, Saturday, November 2, at the Lexington Senior Center, the summit will focus on issues of interest to citizens, including the City’s RethinkLex initiative to improve government efficiency. “Placemaking” will also be discussed, with an...

City inviting residents to attend ‘Home Reimagined’ event Nov. 3 at Lexington Senior Center

The City’s Aging and Disability Services Division is hosting a new, free event on housing needs and home modifications for Fayette County residents of any age. “Home Reimagined” will take place Saturday, Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. – noon at the Lexington Senior Center and pre-registration is not required. The event will feature several booths with information on a range of housing information from...

Lexington Senior Center will hold health fair for seniors and their families on July 20

The Lexington Senior Center will be hosting a Senior Health Fair this Friday, July 20 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. The event will feature more than 45 vendors with services and products that benefit senior adults. “As we grow older, we face new, diverse and shifting life challenges. Pair that with an ever-changing community and it can be hard to navigate what services and opportunities are available,”...

Plugged In: Bryan Station students volunteer to help retirees better understand new technology

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward While teens can sometimes take for granted the technology that infuses their world, students in Bryan Station High School’s IT Academy realize that not everyone is as plugged in. That’s why they volunteer regularly at the Lexington Senior Center, where retirees welcome their help. “For us in this generation, it’s second nature, but they’re still struggling,”...

Following her mother’s path: Barbara Welsch believes ‘if you have, then you owe’

By Kristy Robinson Horine Special to KyForward Barbara and Jack Welsch pull up in front of the house. He puts the car in park, then nods to his wife. Together, they unload a box from the trunk and make their way toward the front door. The box is full of commodities like a bag of potatoes, juice, peanut butter, pasta and cheese. Each month, God’s Pantry Food Bank makes a commodities delivery to the...

Special Creations: Senior Center group knits, crochets ‘chemo hats’ for area cancer patients

The hats made by Knitting with a Cause members each have a personal note attached. The hats are also given names, such as Simeon, Theodore, Olga and Patty. (Photo provided)   When Charlotte Cooper was just 10 years old, she picked up a crochet hook and began making things for other people. Handkerchiefs with crocheted borders (“We didn’t have Kleenex back then”). Baby blankets. Even...

Special Creations: Senior Center group knits, crochets 'chemo hats' for area cancer patients

The hats made by Knitting with a Cause members each have a personal note attached. The hats are also given names, such as Simeon, Theodore, Olga and Patty. (Photo provided)   When Charlotte Cooper was just 10 years old, she picked up a crochet hook and began making things for other people. Handkerchiefs with crocheted borders (“We didn’t have Kleenex back then”). Baby blankets. Even...

Ground broken on Lexington senior center; 33,000-square-foot facility to open early 2016

  Lexington’s senior citizens will have access to a wide range of social and recreational activities at a new senior center now under construction at Idle Hour Park.   “This center will be a vibrant space for Lexington seniors,” said Mayor Jim Gray, who joined center patrons, city officials and others at a groundbreaking ceremony today. “Seniors want to stay active, learn new things...

Times … they are a-changin’: Wave of aging Boomers have ‘senior’ centers changing ways

One of the new offerings at the Estill County Senior Center in Irvine is a drumming class called HeartRhythms. (Photo from ECSC)   If Sean Wright had his way, the Lexington Senior Center where he serves as director would be called anything but a “senior” center.   Yes, the center on the edge of the University of Kentucky campus serves adults aged 60 and older. And, yes, card games and...