By Nila McGinnis
Over 60 people convened at the Lincoln County Council on Aging’s Troy location on Valentine’s Day to celebrate 40 years of service with cake, bingo, dancing, and a ceremonial ribbon cutting hosted by the Troy Area Chamber of Commerce.
LCCOA works every day to serve senior citizens, retirees, and other underserved populations by providing meals, classes, and other resources to the community. With locations across Lincoln County, LCCOA has been a celebrated county entity for almost half a century now.
Lincoln County Council on Aging was incorporated in 1978 under the name of Troy Area Council on Aging. It was established to provide a meal program for persons 60 years of age and their spouses regardless of age, on the basis of the Older Americans Act of Congress. They continue to operate in conjunction with the Area Agency on Aging. The agency has grown over the years to include all 642 square miles of the county. LCCOA has locations in Troy, Silex, Elsberry and Winfield. LCCOA delivers hot, nutritious meals to seniors, disabled, and Veterans, and serve in-center meals at all our locations Monday through Friday.
LCCOA claims that they are always evolving and constantly looking for ways to make a positive impact in the lives of older adults, Veterans, and our community. Their slogan is “Live Your Best Life”, and the organization provides many daily activities and free programs to help encourage active-aging. Evidence-based programs including the Diabetes Education & Empowerment Program, A Matter of Balance, Health Through Gardening, and CLAIM Certified Medicare Counseling are all free. Daily activities such as exercise, quilting, bingo, the GR 323 Crossroad Cribbage Club, crafts, live music lunches & dinner dances, and movies are also offered.
One of the organization’s most popular weekly events is Veterans Coffee Talk (VCT). The VCT takes place every Thursday from 9-10:30 am. All Veterans and their spouses and/or children are welcome to attend. On average this morning hosts 200+ Veterans. The organization claims that the event is “a small way that LCCOA is able to show able to show thanks and gratitude to the men and women who do or have served this great nation.”
Norma Parks comes to the Troy LCCOA location to enjoy herself, and said, “This is a wonderful celebration for LCCOA, and I think the organization is a great asset to Troy because it’s a place to keep seniors involved and enjoying life.”
Others at the event were grateful to LCCOA for providing a place for seniors to keep moving, stay involved, and to meet others in the community who share similar interests. Representatives for LCCOA claim that they hope the organization continues to serve the community and the valuable senior citizens of Lincoln County for many years to come.
To see a video highlighting the activities at the event, please visit our website at www.lincolncountyjournal.com.